Currie's campaign treasurer pleads guilty to theft of campaign funds
The former campaign treasurer of Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie has entered a guilty plea to stealing $157,350 from the campaign account of the Prince George's Democrat, according to the Office of the State Prosecutor.
According to prosecutors, Olivia Harris made more than 350 withdrawals from two automatic teller machines located within about a mile of her Upper Marlboro home. The theft of the campaign money for Harris's personal use took place between January 2007 and April 2010, prosecutors said.
The scheme appears unrelated to Currie's own legal troubles. He was indicted in September on federal charges that he took more than $245,000 in bribes to use his position and influence to do favors for a grocery chain.
Currie has since won re-election and is still serving in the General Assembly, although he has given up his powerful position as chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. His case is scheduled for trial in June in U.S. District Court.
In a statement, Maryland State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt said there is no indication that Currie was aware of Harris's withdrawals from his campaign account.
The maximum penalty for the charge to which Harris has entered a guilty plea is 25 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Her plea was entered in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.
Gerard P. Martin, Harris's lawyer, declined to comment.
| February 11, 2011; 2:50 PM ET
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