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Former FOP president, treasurer accused of theft
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Prosecutors have obtained criminal charges against a husband and wife -- former Frederick County Sheriff's Office employees -- for misappropriating about $18,500 while serving as president and treasurer of a fraternal law enforcement organization, Maryland State Police announced Thursday.

Stuart A. Dougherty, 49, and Carrie A. Dougherty, 36, of Thurmont, are charged with misappropriation of more than $500 in funds by a fiduciary, state police spokesman Greg Shipley said.

A June 10 court date has been set in Montgomery County Circuit Court. If convicted, the misdemeanor carries a maximum punishment of five years in the Maryland Division of Correction.

The charges stem from an investigation launched
March 27, 2007, by troopers at the state police's Frederick barrack.
Members of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 102A -- made up of about 80 employees of the corrections bureau -- voiced concerns about the handling of their finances to the Frederick County State's Attorney's Office.

State's Attorney Charlie Smith asked state police to open a theft investigation.
After Trooper First Class Marty Speak concluded the investigation in August, Smith referred the case to the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office for prosecution because the Doughertys were county employees when the investigation began.

As a rule, Smith refers cases involving county employees, including law enforcement, to prosecutors outside Frederick County.

Charges were filed in Montgomery County this week. "After a review of the investigation, the prosecutor determined evidence sufficient to sustain a criminal charge had been developed," Shipley said Thursday.

Montgomery County Assistant State's Attorney Robert Hill, the prosecutor overseeing the case, did not return a phone call Thursday seeking comment.
When the investigation began, the Doughertys held jobs with the sheriff's office corrections bureau. Several months after being placed on administrative leave, both resigned their jobs Dec. 20, said Cpl. Jennifer Bailey of the sheriff's office.

Employed 12 years with the agency, Stuart Dougherty was a correctional officer first class when he resigned.
Approaching her 11th anniversary with the sheriff's office, Carrie Dougherty was the office manager of fiscal services when she resigned.

Learning of the theft investigation involving his employees, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins requested an internal audit be conducted of the fiscal services section where Carrie Dougherty worked, Bailey said.
"No discrepancies or errors were found," she said. "Everything was in order."
Stuart Dougherty was president of the FOP lodge when its members became concerned about the finances. Carrie Dougherty was treasurer.

"On behalf of the members of FOP Lodge 102A, this has been a very unfortunate set of circumstances," said Patrick J. McAndrew, the lawyer representing the lodge.
"Members have been working closely with the Maryland State Police to resolve the matter, and look forward to a prompt resolution," he said.

Jason W. Shoemaker, the lawyer running the Law Offices of Scott L. Rolle while the defense attorney is serving a year of active duty in the U.S. Army, said he plans to vigorously defend the Doughertys on the criminal charges.

"These are very good people who have exemplary records of public service in Frederick County," Shoemaker said.

"This was a situation where nobody wanted to handle the FOP's books, and Carrie stepped up," he said. "She's not an accountant -- it was a bookkeeping mistake. We're working with the state's attorney of Montgomery County to resolve this thing."

Shoemaker said the Doughertys would have no comment.
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