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Charges against Liquor Board employee put on inactive docket

January 19, 2007|by PEPPER BALLARD

Charges that a woman in her 70s stole thousands of dollars from the Washington County Board of License Commissioners were placed on the inactive docket Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court, court records show.

Constance Joan Rooke, who was 73 when she was indicted in October on charges of felony theft and embezzlement, allegedly stole $6,000 from the Liquor Board between June 1, 2001, and July 20, 2005, according to the indictment.

Placement on the stet - or inactive - docket means the charges won't be prosecuted unless the defendant is charged with new offenses or violates any conditions placed upon them at the time of the stet.

The Herald-Mail has reported that Rooke was the Liquor Board's office administrator.

Rooke was accused of taking unearned payroll checks, according to published reports.

Another woman charged in thefts from the Liquor Board, Cindy Kaye Baer, pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony theft for taking thousands of dollars from the board and spending it at Sam's Club and Staples between May 26, 2004, and July 24, 2006.

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A sentencing date for Baer has not been set.

The maximum penalty in Maryland for felony theft is 15 years and/or a $25,000 fine.

Court records list addresses for both Rooke and Baer as 659 Oak Hill Ave. in Hagerstown.

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