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Woman pleads guilty in liquor board theft

January 17, 2007|by PEPPER BALLARD

A Hagerstown woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony theft for stealing thousands of dollars in more than a year's time from the Washington County Board of License Commissioners.

Cindy Kaye Baer, of 659 Oak Hill Ave., was indicted in October 2006 on one count of felony theft in connection with $5,000 that was stolen from the Liquor Board between May 2004 and July 2005.

She was 40 years old at the time of the indictment.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, who accepted Baer's plea, did not set a sentencing date. He said a presentence investigation is being conducted.

Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Steven Trostle said Tuesday that Baer was a volunteer at the Liquor Board and was responsible for some bookkeeping between May 26, 2004, and July 24, 2006, when the theft occurred.

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He said Baer made 44 purchases totaling more than $12,000 from Sam's Club in Hagerstown. He said the purchases ranged from $17 to more than $200.

Trostle said Baer also used Liquor Board funds without authority to make purchases from Staples but said a figure for those purchases could not be determined.

The Liquor Board chairman, treasurer and secretary were present for the hearing but declined to comment about the case.

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