The former Charles County government official who resigned last month amid an investigation into the misuse of public funds allegedly paid her boyfriend $1,500 in county money so he could pay off a hefty drinking and driving fine, according to court documents filed this week.
Carol-Lynn Snowden, former director of the Human Services Partnership in Charles, was charged with forgery and felony theft on Wednesday after a three-month investigation turned up evidence that she created false payment vouchers to give a friend money, the county sheriff's office said last week.
According to charging documents, Snowden approved payment of $1,500 to her boyfriend, Michael Riley, on July 9, ostensibly for helping a mental health patient move to a new home.
But Riley had never performed any services, and Snowden had made up the patient, calling her Edna Berry after leafing through the phone book and finding no one with that name, charging documents said.
Snowden gave the money to Riley so he could pay off a citation for drinking and driving in Pennsylvania, according to charging documents.
Snowden, 34, lives in Bowie. For the past two years, she had run the Human Services Partnership, a county agency created by state law in 1999 to coordinate the activities of several state and federal social services departments. She managed, among others, the local branches of the state Mental Hygiene Administration; Office for Children, Youth and Families; and the Office of Crime Control and Prevention.
An employee of the partnership discovered the counterfeit invoice in November and a special audit was conducted of the partnership's $3 million budget. Snowden resigned from her position on Jan. 24 at a meeting of the partnership's 15-member board.
A few days later, she paid the money back, sending several money orders totaling $1,500 to the accounting office of the county Health Department, according to charging documents.
"I don't have any comment at this time," Snowden said Friday. Riley could not be reached for comment.
County Attorney Roger Fink said he could not comment on personnel matters.
The sheriff's office investigation did not turn up other instances of theft or forgery, according to charging documents.