Lisa Gowe charged stealing from Watermen’s Association
NEAVITT, MD. — Just as multiple cases of watermen stealing from oyster sanctuaries were entering the criminal and civil courts across Maryland last year; the treasurer for the Watermen’s Association was allegedly bilking the group for up to $100,000, says the Maryland State Police.
The Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division Upper Shore investigated and charged Talbot County woman with theft from a local non-profit organization today.
The suspect is identified as Lisa N. Gowe, 40, of the 2200 block of Balls Creek Road in Neavitt, Maryland. After consulting with the Talbot County State’s Attorney’s Office, Gowe has been charged with Theft-Scheme: $100,000 Plus. On July 23, 2015, Gowe reported to Maryland State Police Easton Barrack where she was served with Circuit Court Summons without incident.
The Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division Upper Shore was contacted in January 2015, by members of the Talbot Waterman’s Association related to a criminal matter. The Talbot Waterman’s Association alleged that their treasurer and event organizer Lisa N. Gowe depleted the association’s bank accounts.
Investigators learned Gowe had full access to the association’s bank accounts starting in March 2010 through January of 2015. Bank records were obtained and investigators were able to determine there were numerous checks written, withdrawals made, outstanding debits, and electronic money transfers that were not authorized. Further investigation revealed Gowe used these funds for her personal gain without the knowledge or permission of the Talbot Waterman’s Association.
Gowe has been removed as treasurer and no longer has any access to the bank accounts in question.