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Pr. George's sheriff's official charged anew

Matt Zapotosky

A Prince George’s County sheriff’s official was indicted on three counts of filing false tax returns Friday for allegedly failing to pay taxes on more than $20,000 she is accused of stealing from her own union.

Wendy Tyler, once an acting captain in the sheriff’s office but now a lieutenant, was already facing an indictment in Prince George’s County for conspiring to steal more than $20,000 from the deputies’ union while she was an officer in the organization. The latest indictment, in Anne Arundel County, charges her for failing to pay tax on that money, said Shelly Glenn, a state prosecutor.

The tax returns would have been filed from 2006 through 2008 on money taken from 2005 to 2007, according to a copy of the latest indictment. Tyler was president of the sheriff’s deputies union from September 2005 to October 2007, and she is accused of working with another sheriff’s official, Capt. Nancy Ridgely, to steal union funds during that time.

Tyler was entitled to receive quarterly checks totaling $10,400 from the Prince George's County Deputy Sheriff's Association, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #112 and instead received 13 union checks for $22,124, according to the earlier indictment in Prince George’s. Ridgely signed 12 of the 13 checks, the indictment says. Tyler is also accused of making purchases of more than $10,000 for non-union purposes with her union-issued credit card and paying the bills with union funds, the indictment says.

The indictments are a political issue this year because Tyler’s boss, Sheriff Michael Jackson, is running for county executive and rejected a request by the current union president to look at evidence of the alleged embezzlement. Testifying in a civil lawsuit, Jackson called the incident “union business,” and he admitted promoting Tyler from lieutenant to acting captain a month after he was made aware of her alleged embezzlement.

Robert Cease, the current union president, is suing Jackson for retaliating against him after he brought the embezzlement allegations to the sheriff’s attention. After Jackson declined to look at the evidence, Cease gave the evidence he had to state prosecutor Robert A. Rohrbaugh, who took up the case. Jackson reprimanded Cease for speaking to others about the case, but a judge has since ordered Jackson to withdraw the reprimand.

Col. Paul Drula, Jackson’s second in command, said Monday that he could not comment on the latest indictment because he had not yet seen it. He said both Tyler and Ridgely are suspended with pay, and Tyler has been returned to the rank of lieutenant.

Robert C. Bonsib, Tyler’s lawyer, did not immediately return a phone and e-mail message seeking comment.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  September 13, 2010; 1:55 PM ET
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Jackson called the incident “union business".

Yeah, theft from taxpayers. Union business as usual.

Posted by: cibor | September 13, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

If the sheriff can't look into embezzlement because its 'union business' then I guess he shouldn't look into bank robberies because they are bank business.

When you have a sheriff who slectively investigates crimes you have a corrupt sheriff.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | September 13, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Jackson called the incident “union business".

Yeah, theft from taxpayers. Union business as usual.

Posted by: cibor


Another know-nothing. She is charged with stealing money from the union. The money came from membership dues, etc. "Taxpayers" have nothing to do with this.

Posted by: MKadyman | September 13, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

All democrats are criminals. right Charlie Rangel?

Posted by: wewintheylose | September 13, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Thank God it's over for Jackson at 8pm today. What a bunch of losers we have running to be our next county exec. It's sad 3rd tier candidates we will never crawl out of the hole we are in.

Posted by: agwilson | September 14, 2010 5:49 AM | Report abuse

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