Former mayor turns her­self in after missed court date

Times-Record - - NEWS - By ABBY AN­DREWS aan­drews@car­o­line­times­

DEN­TON — Former Mary­del mayor Deb­bie Rowe ap­peared in Car­o­line County Cir­cuit Court on Fri­day, Jan. 13, to ex­plain why she had missed a sched­uled pre-trial con­fer­ence two days ear­lier.

A bench war­rant for Rowe’s ar­rest was is­sued after she failed to ap­pear for the con­fer­ence Wed­nes­day, Jan. 11. She turned her­self in Thurs­day, Jan. 12.

Ap­pear­ing for a bond hear­ing Jan. 13, Rowe said she had been stranded by car trou­ble in Al­legheny County, where she owns a busi­ness, when she was sup­posed to be in court two days ear­lier.

“I never in­tended to not show up,” Rowe said.

Re­tired Car­roll County Cir­cuit Court Judge Ray­mond Beck said Rowe had wasted tax­payer money; her trial, orig­i­nally sched­uled to start Wed­nes­day, Jan. 18, now had to be resched­uled due to the missed con­fer­ence.

Beck de­cided to re­lease Rowe on the pre­vi­ous terms of her bond, 10 per­cent of $5,000, but warned her if she fails to ap­pear again, he will or­der her held with­out bond.

The trial was resched­uled to be­gin Wed­nes­day, Feb 1.

Last Au­gust, Rowe was ac­cused of steal­ing $61,660 of the town’s funds over a four-year period for per­sonal use. She faces mul­ti­ple charges of felony theft, one count of mis­con­duct, one count of mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion by a fidu­ciary or trus­tee and two counts of forger y.

The charges al­lege Rowe em­bez­zled the money be­tween March 28, 2012, and May 27, 2016, from the town’s ac­counts at PNC Bank and BB&T.

Al­legedly, she used the money to pay for a tax as­sess­ment for per­sonal prop­erty in John­ston County, N.C., per­sonal Com­cast and Sprint bills, three rooms at the Princess Bay­side Ho­tel in Ocean City and a per­sonal loan.

The charges also said Rowe used the town’s debit card, made ATM with­drawals and wrote checks to her­self by forg­ing the sig­na­tures of the town’s other two com­mis­sion­ers, Joyce Ward and El­iz­a­beth Sim­mons.


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