Former Baltimore prosecutor, police officer charged in theft scheme

Former Baltimore prosecutor, city police officer charged in theft scheme related to overtime pay

A former Baltimore prosecutor and a city police officer have been charged with theft and misconduct in office, stemming from an alleged scheme to fraudulently obtain overtime pay.

Molly Webb, a felony prosecutor who left the state's attorney's office this summer, and Officer Timothy Stach were charged Sept. 30, court records show.

The case was investigated by the Baltimore police internal affairs unit and charged by the Baltimore County state's attorney's office, following a referral by city prosecutors because of a conflict of interest.

Scott Shellenberger, Baltimore County's top prosecutor, said the case involved allegations that two officers were seeking overtime pay for appearing in court, despite the officers not being present. Officers must get such overtime approved by prosecutors, and the charges allege Webb knowingly signed off on the extra pay.

Shellenberger said there was not enough evidence to charge the second officer, identified in court records as Vincent Fox.

Webb could not be reached for comment, and the Baltimore state's attorney's office declined to comment. The office had also declined to comment on Webb's departure when contacted in July, calling it a personnel matter.

Baltimore police said Stach was suspended without pay, which is department policy when someone is charged with a felony. Fox is facing internal disciplinary charges, police said.

"I and other police officers have no tolerance for theft within our profession," interim Commissioner Kevin Davis said in a statement.

Webb, 33, faces charges of a theft scheme less than $1,000, three counts of theft less than $1,000, three counts of conspiracy to commit theft under $1,000, and three counts of misconduct in office.

Charges against Stach, 47, include a theft scheme between $1,000 and $10,000. He also faces three counts of theft less than $1,000, two counts of conspiracy to commit theft less than $1,000, two counts of fraudulent identity theft under $1,000, and three counts of misconduct in office.

jfenton@baltsun.com

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