April 8, 2015: Former Treasurer of Eastern Shore Association of Municipalities Charged With Felony Theft
For Immediate Release April 8, 2015
FORMER TREASURER OF EASTERN SHORE ASSOCIATION OF MUNICIPALITIES CHARGED WITH FELONY THEFT
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced today that Mabel R. Mumford-Pautz, 82, former treasurer of the Eastern Shore Association of Municipalities (“ESAM”), was charged in the Circuit Court for Kent County on March 25, 2015 with one count of felony theft. Pursuant to a defense motion requesting a change of venue, the case has been transferred to the Cecil County Circuit Court.
The charging document alleges that, between September of 2008 and February of 2014, Ms. Mumford-Pautz, while serving as Treasurer of ESAM, wrote numerous checks payable to herself or to “Cash” from the ESAM bank account. The alleged theft amount totaled approximately $45,000.00.
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt stated: “The treasurer of an association holds a position of trust, and is relied on by its members to use association funds only for appropriate purposes. When a treasurer betrays that trust by stealing association funds, it is a reprehensible offense that cannot be tolerated.”
The maximum penalty for theft having a value between $10,000.00 and $100,000.00 is fifteen years imprisonment and a $15,000 fine. Although charged, the Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until there is a conviction.