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Ex-candidate for House of Delegates sentenced for stealing high school booster funds

A one-time candidate for the House of Delegates will serve six months of house arrest after pleading guilty to stealing more than $17,500 from an Anne Arundel high school booster club.

Steven D. Wyatt made “numerous unauthorized transactions” using the North County High School Athletic Boosters Association debit card while serving as president of the organization, and then used some of the stolen money to fund his political campaign, according to the Maryland Office of the State Prosecutor.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch also sentenced Wyatt to three years of supervised probation upon his release from house arrest and 200 hours of community service. He has paid $3,300 in restitution and was ordered to pay while on probation the remainder of the stolen $17,560.70.

Wyatt lost in last year’s Democratic primary election for District 32, which covers northwest Anne Arundel County.

“It is simply an outrageous abuse of trust for the president of a high school athletic boosters association to steal money intended for the students and even more egregious to use those stolen funds to finance one’s campaign for public office,” State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt said in a statement.

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