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Hyattsville Deceased Gay Mayor Accused of Embezzlement

The Washington Post.The scheme allegedly took place during the COVID-19 pandemic, when schools were closed for over a year and were struggling to connect students to virtual learning platforms. Prosecutors claim Ward took advantage of the situation to put in orders for technology that never materialized, instead using the money to purchase a $169,000 property in West Virginia, at least nine vehicles — including two Teslas worth $218,000 and a Ford F-450 worth $120,000 — and assorted art and sports memorabilia.

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resignation of Mayor Candace Hollingsworth, and was elected mayor in his own right in May 2o21.Ward is remembered as someone who loved Hyattsville, referring to the city in campaign statements as the “jewel in the crown of Prince George’s County.” His major political accomplishments including co-sponsoring legislation to designate Hyattsville a “sanctuary city,” expanding civic engagement, and working to ensure Hyattsville Middle School remained a construction priority, reports The Washington Post.Ward was mourned by colleagues and lawmakers across the state — many of whom were shocked by his death — who characterized him as a dedicated public servant.Gov. Larry Hogan (R) tweeted that he and First Lady Yumi Hogan were “saddened” to learn of Ward’s passing.“We extend our most heartfelt condolences to the Ward family and the people of Hyattsville as they grieve this tragic loss,” he said.Congressman Anthony Brown (D-Md.), who represents Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, including Hyattsville, also issued his condolences to Ward’s family and city residents in a tweet, calling Ward a “dedicated, thoughtful and fiercely passionate public servant.”“[Ward] was a wonderful partner in serving the needs of all our residents, and he accomplished so much for Hyattsville during his time as a Councilmember and his time as Mayor,” Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said in a statement.