Navy alumni theft admitted by ex-secretary

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A former secretary at the Naval Academy Alumni Association pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to stealing between $20,000 and $40,000 from the Annapolis-based group.

Deborah Rogers, 34, of Annapolis entered a plea of guilty before U.S. District Judge William Nickerson to one count of wire fraud in connection with checks, fraudulent charges at the Midshipman's Store and travel vouchers for herself, family and friends.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Bauman said the government calculated the thefts at $34,800. Ms. Rogers' attorney, Andrew Freeman of Baltimore, said his client admitted that the loss was between $20,000 and $40,000.

Ms. Rogers, who resigned from her job in September 1993, will be sentenced Jan. 20. She could be sentenced to five years in jail, Mr. Bauman said.

The alumni association, which has about 34,000 members, has tightened its procedures "to make sure there's more accountability along the way," said retired Navy Cmdr. David Church, the association's director of communications.

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