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Md. Senator’s Treasurer Pleads Guilty To Theft

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — State Sen. Ulysses Currie’s campaign treasurer has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $150,000 from the senator’s campaign.

The State Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday Olivia Harris, 65, pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to theft scheme over $100,000.

According to a statement of facts, Harris made more than 350 ATM withdrawals from the “Friends of Ulysses Currie” account totaling $157,350 for her personal use. Because Harris did not include the withdrawals in campaign finance reports, the campaign’s funds were greatly overreported and an attorney reported last year that money was missing.

Prosecutors say Currie, who is charged in federal court with illegally using his influence to benefit a grocery store chain, did not know of the scheme. Sentencing for Harris is set for March 30.

Currie declined to comment after a hearing in Annapolis.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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