Maryland

Former Wicomico FOP lodge President sentenced for felony theft

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - A member of the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office who was charged with theft was sentenced on Monday morning.

According to the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office, 54-year-old Martin Alan Fisher was sentenced to 10 years in prison suspend all but 18 months along with five years of supervised probation.

He was also ordered to pay $67,823. He reportedly paid $5,00 before sentencing. In May 30, Fisher pleaded guilty to felony theft between $10,000 and $100,000 for taking money from charity organizations and groups that supported the community.

Officials say that Fisher would use that money to gamble. The prosecution argued that Fisher should have known better while the defense argued that Fisher was suffering from depression. The prosecution says that they are satisfied with the sentencing as Fisher should have known better.

Baltimore County helped prosecute the case to avoid potential conflict of interest. Sergeant Fisher was charged after an investigation by an outside police agency. Bond was set at $100,000 at the time, but he was released on bond.

Fisher who was listed as President of the Wicomico County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 111 at the time was immediately suspended without pay.

Sheriff Mike Lewis said at the time that "Sergeant Martin Fisher was suspended with pay on October 17th, 2016 as per the Law Enforcement Officer's Bill of Rights (LEBOR) from his duties as a member of the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office when it was suspected that he was stealing money from the local FOP Lodge #111.  Immediately following Fisher's arrest on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, Sgt. Fisher's status was changed from suspended with pay to suspended without pay, pending trial."


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