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Maryland accountant facing new theft charges

An accountant from Chrisfield is facing new charges; he was taken into custody previously on allegations of forgery and theft. In the morning of Dec. 13, Maryland State Police took the accountant into custody and charged him with two counts of theft. He was held on a $25,000 bond.

According to troopers, their investigation revealed that the accountant had worked for a marina in 2011. Investigators allege that the accountant took $5,400 from the marina's checking account to pay for back payroll taxes for a different client.

In the earlier case, police say that a long-time client learned that the accountant reportedly had been taking money from him. The man alleged that the accountant had forged 93 checks totaling $56,830 between 2010 and 2013. In connection with that case, the defendant was charged with forgery, theft scheme and theft, which are the same charges that were levied against him October. In that case, he allegedly forged 56 checks totaling $23,695 between December 2010 and August 2013 from a local church.

The man in this case is facing multiple charges stemming from three separate investigations. If he is convicted, he could face severe penalties, including fines, restitution payments and jail time. In addition, his career as an accountant may be in serious jeopardy.

A Maryland criminal defense attorney may be able to craft a defense strategy for someone facing multiple theft or forgery charges. Depending on the evidence in the case, a plea bargain may be a viable option. If the evidence is weak, it might make sense to challenge the case in court.

Source: WBOC, "Crisfield Accountant Facing More Theft Charges", Kristina Leon, December 13, 2013

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