For­mer Mary­del mayor pleads guilty to theft

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MARY­DEL — For­mer Mary­del Mayor Deb­o­rah Rowe pleaded guilty Wed­nes­day, Feb. 1, to theft scheme, mis­con­duct in of­fice and forgery, af­ter be­ing ac­cused last Au­gust of steal­ing $61,660 of the town’s money.

“The loss of $61,000 to a small town like Mary­del is a ma­jor blow to the fi­nances of the town,” State Pros­e­cu­tor Em­met C. Davitt said. “We will con­tinue to pur­sue jus­tice on be­half of the cit­i­zens of the town of Mary­del.”

In a state­ment of facts read be­fore Judge Sid­ney S. Cam­pen, Rowe ad­mit­ted to mak­ing unau­tho­rized trans­fers of lump sums of money from the town’s bank­ing John­ston County, N.C., ac­count ac­cord­ing to prose­cu­tors. to her Rowe fur­ther ad­mit­ted to per­sonal forg­ing the sig­na­tures of ac­count, the other town com­mis­sion­ers writ­ing on the checks. checks to Rowe is sched­uled to her­self and be sen­tenced April 5. She to cash, was taken into cus­tody afwhich she ter the guilty plea and is then de­posited be­ing held with­out bond pend­ing sen­tenc­ing, ac­cord­ing into her per­sonal bank to prose­cu­tors. ac­count, ac­cord­ing to the She faces po­ten­tial in­car­cer­a­tion Of­fice of the State Pros­e­cu­tor. on each charge. The max­i­mum penalty for

Rowe also ob­tained a felony theft is 15 years. debit card in the name of Mis­con­duct in of­fice is a Mary­del, which she used com­mon law of­fense that to pay per­sonal ex­penses, car­ries a max­i­mum penalty in­clud­ing Sprint phone “of any­thing not cruel and Com­cast bills, as well and un­usual,” prose­cu­tors as prop­erty tax pay­ment said. Forgery car­ries a po­ten­tial for land Rowe owned in 10-year penalty.

DEB­BIE ROWE

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