Westminster woman sentenced to prison for theft from her Columbia employer

Michel Elben
Contact ReporterCarroll County Times

The former executive director of a Columbia-based nonprofit organization has been sentenced to three years in prison for the theft of more than $381,000 from her employer.

Carrie Diamond, 45, of the 300 block of Montpelier Court, Westminster, was sentenced in Howard County Circuit Court on Thursday after pleading guilty on Nov. 8 to a single count of theft of more than $100,000, according to a press release from the Howard County State's Attorney's Office.

According to police and prosecutors, Diamond used a corporate credit card to charge personal expenses and used her signing authority for the National Society for Histotechnology’s checking account to pay the credit card bills. Diamond served as the organization’s executive director from 2004 to May 2015 when she resigned.

During the sentencing hearing, Assistant State’s Attorney Colleen McGuinn characterized the organization’s financial loss as “astounding” and spotlighted Diamond’s credit card purchases of $35,000 in parochial school tuition and fees for Diamond’s daughters; $6,800 to StubHub for tickets to sporting events and concerts; $7,400 to Wyndham Hotels and Resorts; $31,000 for a Bayliner recreational boat; $2,400 to South Mountain Creamery for home delivery of milk; and more than $50,000 for two personal vehicles.

Diamond was sentenced to 20 years in prison, suspending all but three years. Upon her release, she will be placed on five years of supervised probation and must reimburse the organization for its losses.




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