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June 22, 2004

Embezzlement plea leads to probation


A Hagerstown woman was given probation before judgment after she pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court on Monday to embezzling more than $3,000 from the Girl Scouts of America Shawnee Council bank account last spring.Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III ordered Kimberly Marie Hughes, 30, whose last known address before her arrest was 16945 Shadybrook Terrace, to four years of unsupervised probation.

Probation before judgment is a conditional avoidance of imposition of sentence after conviction; failure to satisfy the conditions may cause imposition of sentence after a finding of violation of probation.

According to charging documents, between April 1 and May 6, 2003, Hughes misappropriated $3,294.20 from the Girl Scouts of America Shawnee Council. In August 2003, a Washington County Sheriff's Department investigation into the Shawnee Council account showed that $1,349.20 in cash was not deposited and $1,965 in checks were written out to cash and signed by Hughes, court documents say.

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A court clerk said Hughes has repaid the organization.




Woman gets prison time in theft scheme


A Frederick, Md., woman was sentenced to prison on Monday after she pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to buying more than $2,000 worth of merchandise under different accounts at The Bon-Ton department store in Valley Mall last fall.

After entering her plea to felony theft scheme, Kimberly Ann McDonald, 35, whose last known address before her arrest was 806 Mew Lane in Frederick, was sentenced by Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III to 10 years in prison, with all but one year suspended.

Boone ordered that the prison sentence be served consecutively with a sentence McDonald already is serving on other charges. He ordered that she be placed on three years of unsupervised probation after her release from prison.

According to charging documents, on Dec. 9, 2003, the Washington County Sheriff's Department was told by a member of The Bon-Ton's loss prevention office at Valley Mall that McDonald had used temporary Bon-Ton credit cards issued to other people to make several purchases at regional stores.

Police viewed surveillance videos showing McDonald making such purchases and viewed receipts with variations of McDonald's signature, according to court documents.

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