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Currie treasurer indicted for allegedly stealing campaign funds

Thumbnail image for Currie.jpgThe former campaign treasurer for Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie has been indicted for allegedly stealing more than $150,000 from the campaign account of the Prince George's Democrat, the Office of the State Prosecutor in Maryland announced Friday.

The 15-count indictment by an Anne Arundel County grand jury charges that Olivia Harris, 64, of Upper Marlboro, used an ATM card issued by the campaign to steal money over three years. Harris allegedly concealed the withdrawals by filing false campaign reports.

Currie, who has served as chairman of the Senate budget committee, was indicted last week on charges that he took more than $245,000 in bribes to use his position and influence to do favors for a grocery chain.

The indictment of Harris appears to be unrelated to Currie's indictment by a federal grand jury in Baltimore.

"There is no indication that Senator Currie was aware of, or participated in, this particular alleged scheme," State Prosecutor Robert A. Rohrbaugh said in a statement.

Harris did not immediately return a call placed to her residence Friday.

According to the indictment, Harris stole $40,561 in 2007, $53,514 in 2008 and $63,233 in 2009. If convicted, she faces up to 25 years in prison on the theft charge and additional prison time on related charges.

In his statement, Rohrbaugh said that campaign accounts "are not some slush fund for the personal use of those entrusted with the money."

Currie is running unopposed in Tuesday's Democratic primary and does not face a Republican challenger in November's general election.

By John Wagner  |  September 10, 2010; 3:23 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections , General Assembly , John Wagner  
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