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Md. delegate’s campaign workers charged with stealing $22K

The campaign finance committee chairwoman and treasurer for a Maryland lawmaker were charged Friday with stealing more than $22,000 from the campaign.

Mary and Damiana Murphy alleged used the campaign funds of Del. Michael A. Jackson, D-Calvert and Prince George’s, for personal expenses, according to the Office of the State Prosecutor.

Jackson referred the matter to prosecutors learning the campaign account was overdrawn, according to the state prosecutor’s office.

Mary and Damiana Murphy each have been charged in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court with six counts of felony theft, one count of conspiracy to commit theft, one count of misappropriation by a fiduciary and an election law violation, according prosecutors. The Murphys face jail time and fines if convicted.

“No campaign finance officer can possibly be unaware that campaign funds may not be converted to the personal use of a candidate or officer,” State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt said in a statement. “Misuse or theft of campaign funds simply cannot be tolerated.”

The alleged theft took place between April 2014 and last September, according to prosecutors. Jackson was elected to the House in 2014.

No court dates have been scheduled.