DOVER, Del.- Authorities say former Camden Town Manager James Plumley and Smyrna contractor Mark Moore were given suspended prison sentences Thursday for their roles in embezzling $120,000 from the Town of Camden in a scheme where they conspired to fraudulently charge the town for repairs to town facilities that never took place.
Kent County Superior Court Judge Robert B. Young sentenced Plumley to 10 years in prison, suspended for 18 months of probation. Plumley had repaid $90,000 in restitution to Camden before he pleaded guilty to his crime. Moore was sentenced to five years in prison, suspended for three years of probation, and was ordered to repay $33,000 in restitution to the Town of Camden.
Camden Police Chief William E. Bryson, and Camden Police Capt. Gary R. Melvin initiated an investigation of the crime that revealed the thefts began in March 2010 and lasted until February 2011. The investigation lasted approximately one month and resulted in Plumley and Moore's arrest on Jan. 26, 2012. Both men were indicted on March 5. Plumley pleaded guilty to felony theft on March 28 and Moore pleaded guilty to felony theft on April 17.
The state sought jail time for both defendants. The case was prosecuted by Chief Kent County Prosecutor Kenneth Haltom.