The former treasurer for Winfield fire company received a 10-year suspended sentence Wednesday for embezzling funds from the company over the course of nearly five years.

Barbara Jeanne Legore, 52, of the 6000 block of Fairfield Lane in Sykesville, entered a plea agreement with the state in February for one count of theft more than $100,000.

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Legore used a bank account which was supposed to have been closed to funnel money through insurance billings, money transfers and deposits from February 2008 to December 2012, according to the statement of probable cause.

Legore's successor noticed irregularities in the bank accounts in December 2012 and contacted police, the statement said.

Senior Assistant State's Attorney Melissa Hockensmith said that the state requested some jail time as a punishment and a deterrent, but that she understood the judge's decision.

Judge Thomas F. Stansfield said that he was concerned about Legore's ability to pay restitution to the fire company if she was incarcerated, Hockensmith said.

Legore has paid $178,000 to Winfield and additional money was placed in an escrow account because the final amount owed is disputed and the attorneys have not received bank records for some accounts yet, Hockensmith said.

A representative from the fire company gave a victim impact statement at the sentencing hearing, according to Hockensmith, and he described the problems that the company has had since this incident with fundraising and donations.

"It's a crime against the community," Hockensmith said.

Reach staff writer Heather Cobun at 410-857-7898 or email heather.cobun@carrollcountytimes.com.

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