(Aug. 22, 2014) After nine years of working in the Worcester County Treasurer’s Office, Katherine Dee Fowler was dismissed for gross misconduct.
During a disciplinary hearing July 22, the Worcester County Commissioners terminated her employment.
Her job as an accounting clerk involved collecting real estate taxes.
Fowler, a Salisbury resident, was charged Aug. 1 with a theft scheme from $1,000 to less than $10,000, four counts of theft from $1,000 to less than $10,000, two counts of theft under $1,000, six counts of embezzlement as an executor/guardian/administrator, making a false entry into a public record, six counts of failing to perform a duty and two counts of illegal computer access.
According to a court document, Fowler stole $7,116.75 between Sept. 27, 2013 and June 4, 2014. She reportedly stole $1,335.33 on Sept. 27, 2013, $2,124.52 on Nov. 5, 2013, $1,262.86 on Jan. 24, $2,063.33 on Feb. 7, $200 on Feb. 21 and $130.71 on March 10 while working in the Treasurer’s Office.
The charges of failure to perform a duty state that she had “the intent to prevent the payment or collection of a tax under the Tax Property Article …” The court document also states that Fowler “did intentionally, willfully and without authorization exceed authorized access to a computer database and software for the purpose of requesting a check for payment on a tax payment account” and for “fraudulently applying payments to taxpayer accounts.”
Fowler’s initial appearance in Circuit Court in Snow Hill was scheduled for Aug. 20. A criminal jury trial is scheduled for Nov. 14.