2 accused of theft from liquor board

October 21, 2006|By Sara Neufeld

A Washington County grand jury has indicted two Hagerstown women on charges that they stole from the county's liquor board, the state prosecutor's office announced yesterday.

Cindy Kaye Baer, 40, and Constance Joan Rooke, 73, are both charged with theft over $500, according to a statement from State Prosecutor Robert A. Rohrbaugh.

Rooke, the former office administrator at the Washington County Board of License Commissioners, is also charged with embezzlement.

Baer is accused of stealing about $5,000 between May 2004 and July 2005.

Rooke is accused of stealing about $6,000 between June 2001 and July 2005 by taking paychecks she did not earn.

If convicted on the theft charges, the women could each face 15 years in prison, a $25,000 fine, or both, and be ordered to pay restitution. The embezzlement charge carries a penalty of one to five years in prison.

No court date has been scheduled.

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