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Woman accused of stealing from sports club gets probation

December 27, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

A Washington County Circuit judge ordered probation before judgment Monday for a Hagerstown woman accused of stealing more than $9,000 from a children's athletic club.

Denise Marie Bowers, 41, of 1048 Brinker Drive, entered an Alford plea before Judge W. Kennedy Boone III on a charge of theft/scheme over $500.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges that the prosecution has enough evidence to obtain a conviction.

Boone placed Bowers on three years of unsupervised probation and ordered her to pay $315 in court costs.

In exchange for Bowers' Alford plea to the count, the prosecution dismissed three additional charges: One count of theft over $500 and two counts of theft under $500.

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The Washington County Sheriff's Department said in May, when Bowers was charged, that she was the volunteer treasurer of the Williamsport Wrestling Club for the 2000-01 season.

Police alleged that she wrote herself checks on the club's account and deposited them in her own account.

Bowers' attorney, Gordon Lynn, said at the time that she didn't steal any money and she inherited a mismanaged accounting system.

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