Nearly 10 hours after state prosecutors alleged she had stolen campaign contributions to pay for her wedding, Prince George’s County Delegate Tiffany T. Alston (D) late Friday denied any wrongdoing.
In an e-mail statement to reporters, Alston said, “I emphatically deny any criminal wrong doing and look forward to the appropriate opportunity to address the accusations lodged against me.”
Alston played an unexpected and central role this year in the drama over whether the Maryland General Assembly would approve same-sex marriage.
The Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor alleged on Friday that near the time of that debate, Alston had written herself checks for thousands of dollars from her campaign account to pay for wedding expenses and to help pay the salary of an employee in her law firm.
Alston faces five charges, including felony theft, which carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Here’s the full text of Alston’s statement, sent to reporters at 11:49 p.m.:
“I ran for public office because I wanted to ensure that the people of the 24th Legislative District had a strong voice in Annapolis. My work has demonstrated my commitment to serve the citizens of Prince George’s County and the State of Maryland. Anyone who knows me knows how hard I work on behalf of the men, women and children I represent. I emphatically deny any criminal wrong doing and look forward to the appropriate opportunity to address the accusations lodged against me. My family and I would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the hundreds of constituents, friends, colleagues and well-wishers who have reached out with their kind words and prayers. I want them to know that their trust in me will be justified when this process is ultimately concluded.”