31-year-old Delegate Tiffany Alston joined the General Assembly in January. Now this lawmaker is in trouble for breaking the law.
According to the indictment, Delegate Alston was writing checks from her Campaign finance entity called "Friends of Tiffany Alston."
Investigators say she was cashing the checks for personal use.
Maryland voters we spoke with were stunned.
"I can't believe somebody would do that but lately that’s what's been going on with politics in our county," says Maryland resident Donald Phelps.
The indictment states, in September 2010 she paid $660 to an employee of her law firm, $3,560 for her wedding expenses and cashed a check for $1,250.
"Do we need to take a closer look at who we are putting in office? Clearly their standards should be above everyone's standards, so I have a real problem with that," says Maryland Resident Gina Phelps.
"A lot of people don't want to vote and this puts it in their mindset, why should I vote for people who get in office and end up doing shady stuff like this," Donald says.
The indictment says she was responsible for disbursement of funds from the campaign account between April and December 2010.
Under the campaign law, a chairman who is also a candidate is prohibited from disbursing funds from a campaign account.
"People can't even look up to the people we elect, you wanted my vote, you begged for it, I gave it to you. Then you’re going to go and do this? It's ridiculous," says Maryland resident Danielle Harris.
The State Prosecutor says there is simply no excuse for this. He says no candidate or committee can possibly be unaware that campaign funds may not be converted to personal use of an officer or candidate.
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