April 6, 2018: Former Register of Wills for Allegany County Pleads Guilty to Misconduct In Office
For Immediate Release
REBECCA DREW, FORMER REGISTER OF WILLS FOR ALLEGANY COUNTY, PLEADS GUILTY TO MISCONDUCT IN OFFICE
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced today that Rebecca D. Drew, 48, former Register of Wills for Allegany County, pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Washington County to Misconduct in Office. The Honorable M. Kenneth Long, Jr. sentenced Ms. Drew to three years’ incarceration, all suspended in favor of two years supervised probation. The Court also ordered Ms. Drew to perform 150 hours of community service. Ms. Drew resigned from her position as Register of Wills on August 15, 2017 after being indicted the previous month.
From a statement of facts read into the record, the Court learned that Ms. Drew, while serving as the Register of Wills for Allegany County, fraudulently used the office credit card and checking account for her personal expenses between July of 2016 and December of 2016. Those expenses totaled approximately $4,309.00.
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt stated: “As a public official, a Register of Wills is entrusted with a fiduciary duty to ensure that the funds of that office are used for appropriate purposes. Fraudulent use of those funds for personal expenses is a total betrayal of that trust”.