ELKTON, Md. (WJZ) — An 82-year-old former treasurer of an municipal association pleaded guilty to felony theft in a Cecil County circuit court Wednesday.

State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt said Mabel R. Mumford-Pautz, a former treasurer with the Eastern Shore Association of Municipalities and former Chestertown town councilwoman, wrote fraudulent checks from the ESAM bank to herself.

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According to court records, Mumford-Pautz wrote 84 unauthorized checks and then made deposits into her own personal bank account, using the money for personal purposes.

Between September 2008 and February 2014, she stole a total of $44,900 from ESAM, court records show.

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The Honorable Keith A. Baynes sentenced Mumford-Pautz to 5 years, but suspended that sentence for three years of probation.

She was ordered to repay the full amount stolen as restitution.

“Ms. Mumford- Pautz held a position of trust and violated that trust. When a treasurer betrays the association they serve by stealing its funds they must be held accountable,” Davitt said.

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