March 16, 2015: Former Treasurer of Cecil County Republican Central Committee Charged With Felony Theft And Perjury
For Immediate Release March 16, 2015
FORMER TREASURER OF CECIL COUNTY REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE CHARGED WITH FELONY THEFT OF CAMPAIGN FUNDS AND PERJURY
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced today that Carrie L. Taylor, 35, has been charged in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County with felony theft, fraudulent misappropriation of campaign funds, and perjury. Ms. Taylor, who presently lives in Elkton, Maryland, served as Treasurer of the “Cecil County Republican Central Committee” from December 2010 through December 2014. The Central Committee referred this matter to the Office of the State Prosecutor.
The Anne Arundel County Grand Jury returned a three-count indictment alleging that, during her tenure as Treasurer, Ms. Taylor made numerous unauthorized purchases and withdrawals from the Cecil County Republican Central Committee bank account and retained cash raised during Committee fundraising events for her own personal use and benefit. The theft totals between $1,000 and $10,000. The indictment further alleges that Ms. Taylor filed an inaccurate Campaign Finance report with the State Board of Elections in January 2014, which she certified was complete and accurate under penalty of perjury.
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt stated: “Maintaining the integrity of Maryland’s criminal and election laws has always been and shall remain of the utmost importance to this office. Committee treasurers must recognize that misuse of campaign funds will not be tolerated.”
Although charged, the Defendant is presumed innocent unless and until there is a conviction. If convicted of all charges, the Defendant could face up to twenty-five years’ imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines.