Salisbury, MD – On February 1, 2023, Brooke Cook, age 32, of Salisbury, Maryland, pleaded guilty to one count of Theft Scheme, $1,500 to $25,000. The Honorable S. James Sarbanes, Administrative Judge of the Circuit Court for Wicomico County, accepted the plea and sentenced Cook to five (5) years with all but six (6) months suspended to be served on home detention.
Following the period of home detention, Cook will be on three (3) years of supervised probation and will be required to pay $15,085.04 in restitution to the Wicomico High School Band Boosters.
Between December 2021 and June 2022, while Treasurer of the Wicomico High School Band Boosters, Brooke Cook, stole more than fifteen thousand dollars by fraudulently using a Band Boosters’ debit card for her own personal benefit.
In addition to using the debit card at multiple stores throughout Wicomico County, she used Band Booster funds to make payments on her mortgage and her car loan.
Wicomico County State’s Attorney (SA) Jamie Dykes said, “Cook’s conviction should, and hopefully the Court’s sentence will serve as a deterrent to others inclined to violate the position of trust afforded them by their colleagues.”
SA Dykes commended Detective D. Munir of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office for his hard work and diligence in the investigation. SA Dykes also commended Assistant State’s Attorney Kyle J.F. Colbert, who prosecuted the case.