Trial to Begin for Maryland Dem Accused of Using Campaign Funds on Wedding


The trial of a Maryland state delegate accused of using thousands in campaign funds for personal use is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Del. Tiffany Alston (D) allegedly took money out of her campaign coffers to pay for personal expenses, including more than $3,500 toward her wedding.

The Washington Post reports:

The Prince George’s lawmaker has experienced a series of recent setbacks. Last month, the state’s highest court indefinitely suspended Alston’s law license because of complaints from a client. In June, she was found guilty of stealing $800 from the General Assembly to pay an employee of her private law firm. […]

Prosecutors allege that Alston wrote checks to herself for thousands of dollars from her campaign account and used the money to cover personal expenses, including her 2010 wedding. Alston has denied criminal wrongdoing.