April 19, 2017: Marta Gates-Jones, Former Campaign Administrator For Service Station Dealers Political Action Committee, Pleads Guilty To Felony Theft Of Committee Funds
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April 19, 2017: Marta Gates-Jones, Former Campaign Administrator For Service Station Dealers Political Action Committee, Pleads Guilty To Felony Theft Of Committee Funds

Marta Gates-Jones, Former Campaign Administrator For Service Station Dealers Political Action Committee, Pleads Guilty To Felony Theft Of Committee Funds

 

For Immediate Release                                                                 

State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced today that Marta Gates-Jones, Campaign Administrator for the campaign finance committee known as Service Station Dealers Political Action Committee, pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County to felony theft. At sentencing, the Honorable J. Michael Wachs imposed Probation before Judgment and placed the Defendant on a period of two (2) years supervised probation. The court further ordered Ms. Gates-Jones to perform 200 hours of community service. Prior to her plea and sentencing, Ms. Gates-Jones had already paid back the entire theft amount of $42,650.00.

According to a statement of facts presented to the court, while serving as the Campaign Administrator for Service Station Dealers Political Action Committee, Ms. Gates-Jones wrote sixty-six unauthorized checks and cashed same using the campaign funds for her personal expenses. Between January 27, 2012 and July 31, 2015, Ms. Gates-Jones stole $42,650.00. A copy of the complete statement of facts read into the record is available at osp.maryland.gov. This matter was referred to the Office of the State Prosecutor by counsel for the Service Station Dealers Political Action Committee.

State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt stated: “Ms. Gates-Jones, as the campaign finance administrator, betrayed the trust that the Service Station Dealers Political Action Committee placed in her. This Office will continue to prosecute the misuse and theft of campaign funds by those in positions of trust.”

 

 


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