Randy McRae, who worked in the Prince George’s County community development corporation when he stole thousands of dollars from the county, was convicted last week.
NBCWashington reports that McRae, who was a former candidate for Prince George's County executive, will spend up to 65 years in prison for his Thursday conviction on forgery and theft charges.
Prosecutors say McRae, 55, opened a bank account and filed false invoices with the county. In all, he is reported to have stolen $25,000 from housing and urban development grants.
The thefts took place between 2006 and 2008, The Washington Post reports, and siphoned away money aimed at supporting community organizations and local nonprofit groups.
Officials say McRae was also found guilty of stealing $25,000 from a friend, misappropriating a total of $50,000 from the county and the friend.
Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said McRae’s actions were “despicable.”
“He was a trusted person,” Alsobrooks told the Post. “He stole from the government and hurt the community through his actions.”