Former Camden Town Manager James O. Plumley III pled guilty to felony theft in Delaware Superior Court Wednesday morning with regard to the $120,000 embezzlement case that was levied against him and a building contractor.


Former Camden Town Manager James O. Plumley III pled guilty to felony theft in Delaware Superior Court Wednesday morning with regard to the $120,000 embezzlement case that was levied against him and a building contractor.

Deputy Attorney General Kenneth Haltom, chief prosecutor for Kent County, requested that Superior Court Judge Robert B. Young add Plumley’s plea deal to the morning docket shortly after 9:30 a.m.

Haltom said Plumley had paid $90,000 in restitution to the town of Camden as part of his plea deal with the state. That was the amount Plumley was charged with embezzling, Haltom said.

In addition, Plumley agreed to testify truthfully should a court hearing be held for Smyrna contractor Mark Moore, who is the other defendant in the Camden embezzlement case, he said. Moore is responsible for the other $30,000.

Plumley and Moore were arrested on Jan. 26 for fraudulently charging the town of Camden for repairs that never took place, the Camden Police Department had said.

Plumley, 60, of Camden, was initially charged with two felonies (theft and second-degree conspiracy) and two misdemeanors (official misconduct and profiteering). The rest of the charges against Plumley were dropped as part of the plea deal, Haltom said.

Moore, 45, of Smyrna, was charged with theft and conspiracy in the second degree, both felonies. The principal of Building Exterior Services LLC cooperated with police upon his arrest, Camden police said. Court proceedings are still pending for Moore.

Plumley and his lawyer, Dover criminal defense attorney John R. Garey, entered the guilty plea before Robinson in courtroom No. 8 on the second floor of Kent County Court House.

Plumley, dressed in a blue shirt and red and blue tie, placed his hand on the Holy Bible and was sworn in prior to questioning by Robinson. The judge asked Plumley if he understood he was foregoing the constitutional right to a speedy trial in pleading guilty to felony theft.

“Yes, sir,” Plumley said.

“Are you aware that maximum sentence is 15 years in prison and this court is not bound by any plea?” Robinson said.

“Yes, sir,” Plumley said.

Haltom requested a preliminary sentencing investigation, which Robinson granted. The so-called PSI began immediately after court proceedings when Plumley was taken into custody by bailiff Joe Garcia.

Robinson scheduled a sentencing date of May 17.

After court proceedings, Haltom said he would seek some jail time.

“He was a part of the public trust,” he said. “This was a serious matter.”

Garey said after court proceedings that it was up to the court to decide the appropriate sentence for his client.

Garey said Plumley was not commenting to the press.

Camden Mayor W.G. Edmanson, who took office March 5, said Plumley’s guilty plea would help the embattled town heal. Edmanson ran for office in large part because of the Plumley scandal.

“It’s a step in the right direction toward closure of this fraudulent theft,” he said. “But, by no means is it over. It’s not going to be over for some time in trying to get all the funds returned back to the town of Camden coffers. The other gentleman, Mr. Moore, needs to step up to the plate and repay taxpayers as well.”