MARYLAND – Community leader convicted of theft from Severn condo association

The Baltimore Sun:  Community leader convicted of theft from Severn condo association
By Pamela Wood
July 10,2014

An Anne Arundel County woman once honored for her activism pleaded guilty Thursday to misusing nearly $74,000 of her community association’s money. Wanda Brooks Hebron pleaded guilty to one count of theft scheme of more than $500 in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.

Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Cogan said that from 2002 through 2009, Hebron used a debit card belonging to the Stillmeadows Condominium Association in Severn to make $73,943.12 worth of purchases at restaurants, gas stations and drug stores, and to pay cellphone bills. Some of the purchases were made in North Carolina, where Cogan said Hebron owned property.

Hebron was president of the association at the time and the charges were discovered after a new board member asked questions about finances. Hebron turned over bank statements, a checkbook and a cut-up credit card to the board, Cogan said. There were no invoices for most of the transactions. Hebron, 53, apologized in court, but after the hearing denied she was guilty. She said she never made purchases out of state and does not own property in North Carolina. Some of the purchases were for legitimate meetings at restaurants on behalf of the association, she said.  Read more:

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