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Delegate Richard Impallaria charged with theft, embezzlement

July 27th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

WBAL reports a Maryland state delegate faces charges of misconduct in office, theft and embezzlement, the Maryland State Prosecutor's Office announced Wednesday. Prosecutors said in a statement that the charges stem from payments for office rent and fundraising letters. Anne Arundel County Delegate Richard Impallaria, R-District 7, whose district encompasses portions of Baltimore and Harford counties, is accused of facilitating rental payments from the General Assembly to his personal landlord using state funds for a "district office" that was actually a building outside his district.

"Elected officials are expected to be good stewards of the state's resources," Maryland State Prosecutor Charlton T. Howard III said in a statement. "Any official who abuses the public trust for personal gain must be held accountable."

The building was used to store Impallaria's personal items and is located next to Impallaria's personal cottage and shared the same owners. The General Assembly paid, on average, double the amount of rent for Impallaria's "district office" than any other tenant in the community. .