Randy McRae during a candidate forum in September 1998. (Rick Bowmer/The Washington Post)

A Prince George’s County jury on Thursday found a former county executive candidate guilty of stealing thousands of dollars designed to support community organizations and local nonprofits, state prosecutors announced.

Randy McRae, 55, faces up to 65 years in prison after being convicted of theft and other charges related to a scheme that took place between 2006 and 2008, authorities said in a statement Friday.

In 2006, McRae — who was general council for the Central Prince George’s County Community Development Corp. — forged documents and used the nonprofit’s name to obtain $25,000 in fraudulent reimbursements from the federal government, authorities said. The development corporation’s board had no idea that it had been receiving the reimbursements from a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program designed to help eligible community organizations pay for operating expenses.

In the next few years, McRae began opening fraudulent bank accounts to deposit the money and wrote checks for personal expenses unrelated to the corporation, state prosecutors said.

After discovering the scheme, the county had to pay the $25,000 in reimbursements. Officials say McRae was also found guilty of stealing $25,000 from a friend to facilitate the scam, duping both the county and the friend of a total of $50,000.

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said McRae’s actions were “despicable.”

“He was a trusted person,” Alsobrooks said. “He stole from the government and hurt the community through his actions.”

McRae had run unsuccessfully for county executive in 1998. His family did not return calls requesting comment. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 1.

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