Annapolis, MD – Two women who were active in Delegate Michael Jackson’s successful 2014 campaign for the Maryland House of Delegates are facing felony theft charges, state officials reported.
Jackson (pictured, right), a Democrat, is currently representing District 27B, which includes portions of Northern Calvert and Prince George’s counties.
According to a press release from the Maryland State Prosecutor’s Office, Jackson referred the matter of his campaign fund being overdrawn to the state office.
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt identified the pair charged in the theft as Mary Murphy, who was chairperson of the “Friends of Michael A. Jackson” campaign finance committee; and her daughter, Damiana Murphy, who was the committee’s treasurer.
Charges against the pair were filed in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. Both are charged with six counts of felony theft, one count of conspiracy to commit theft, one count of misappropriation by a fiduciary and an election law violation.
The Murphys are alleged to have used campaign funds for personal expenses between April 29, 2014 and Sept. 27, 2015. The total amount the pair allegedly stole is approximately $22,000.
“No campaign finance officer can possibly be unaware that campaign funds may not be converted to the personal use of a candidate or officer,” Davitt stated in a press release on the matter. “Misuse or theft of campaign funds simply cannot be tolerated.”
According to court records, Mary and Damiana Murphy have initial appearance hearings in Anne Arundel Circuit Court tentatively scheduled for May 9 at 9 a.m.