Daughter of ex-Md. lawmaker pleads guilty to wire fraud

The daughter of a former Maryland lawmaker has pleaded guilty to wire fraud, weeks after her mother pleaded guilty to the same charge in federal court.

Anitra Edmond, 43, of New Carrollton, is the daughter of former state Del. Tawanna Gaines.

Edmond, who acted as treasurer of the “Friends of Tawanna P. Gaines” campaign committee, pleaded guilty Thursday to skimming more than $35,000 in funds from the account for her own personal use, from November 2012 to June 2018.

In a plea agreement, Edmond said she used the money for fast food, hair styling, personal phone bills and rent for a separate business.

Edmond faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. She will be sentenced Feb. 24.

The 67-year-old Gaines pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge last month. She admitted to taking more than $22,000 from the campaign funds.

Gaines, a Prince George’s County Democrat who resigned from the Maryland General Assembly days before her guilty plea, will be sentenced Jan. 3.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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