NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


October 30, 2000 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

ANNE ARUNDEL GRAND JURY INDICTS MAN ON NINE FELONY THEFT CHARGES
AG Curran Files Criminal Information; Losses Near $58,000

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Michael Dudley Leppert,37, formerly of 5642 Chelwynd Road in Arbutus, Maryland, was indicted by the Anne Arundel County Grand Jury on nine counts of felony theft. The total loss alleged is $25,712.

Attorney General Curran filed similar charges in the Circuit Court for Prince Georges County, charging Leppert there with six counts of felony theft. The total loss alleged in this case is $31,850.

The cases will be prosecuted by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Maryland Attorney Generalís Office. While an indictment and criminal information are merely accusations of wrongdoing and every individual is presumed innocent unless the state proves the charges beyond a reasonable doubt, each count of felony theft is punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years and/or a fine of $1,000. Also, Leppert may be ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $57,562.

These cases were developed from information obtained by the Maryland State Police, several individuals and county police departments. Michael Leppert is currently incarcerated on a sentence imposed in the Charles County Circuit Court for stealing money from a homeowner via a mortgage refinancing scheme.

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