February 1, 2019: Ronald Chesek, Treasurer of Late State Delegate’s Campaign Committee, Pleads Guilty to Felony Theft of Campaign Funds
RONALD CHESEK, TREASURER of LATE STATE DELEGATE’S CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, PLEADS GUILTY TO FELONY THEFT OF CAMPAIGN FUNDS
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced today that Ronald Chesek, Campaign Treasurer for the former campaign finance committee known as “Friends of Joseph J. Minnick” pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County to felony theft scheme between $10,000 and $100,000.
According to a statement of facts read into the record (see Statement of Facts), Mr. Chesek, while serving as Treasurer for the “Friends of Joseph J. Minnick,” wrote numerous unauthorized checks from the campaign bank account to himself and cashed same, using the campaign funds to pay for his personal expenses. Between July 9, 2013 and September 17, 2017, Mr. Chesek stole approximately $13,045.00.
The Honorable Laura S. Ripken sentenced the Defendant to three years’ incarceration, suspended that sentence and placed the Defendant on supervised probation for eighteen months. The Court further ordered Mr. Chesek to perform 150 hours of community service. Prior to his court appearance, Mr. Chesek had paid the entire theft amount of $13,045 back to the committee.
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt stated: “Mr. Chesek, as the duly appointed Treasurer for the Friends of Joseph J. Minnick, betrayed the trust that the campaign committee and the public placed in him. Misuse or theft of campaign funds by those in a position of trust simply cannot be tolerated.”