WESTMINSTER, Md. -- Two former Washington County officials accused of cashing fake payroll checks will not have to face charges if they adhere to the terms of a deal approved Monday by a Carroll County Circuit Court judge.
Theft charges against former Washington County Circuit Court Deputy Clerk Ricki Lynn Hemphill and his mother, former county liquor board administrator Constance Joan Rooke, will be dropped if Hemphill pays back $14,000 he and his mother are accused of stealing from the liquor board.
"We're very happy with the way it worked out," said Rooke's attorney, David B. Irvin, after Circuit Judge Thomas F. Stansfield approved the deal in Westminster on Monday morning.
Rooke and Hemphill, who is a former chairman of Washington County's Democratic Central Committee, declined to comment after the proceedings, which lasted about 10 minutes.