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


May 22, 2000 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

FORMER MTA BUS DRIVER SENTENCED IN COUNTERFEIT CHECK RING

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Caryn Conyers, 30, of Milford Mill Road, Baltimore, Maryland was sentenced today by Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Norris Byrnes to 10 years imprisonment, all but three suspended and three years probation to follow her release, as a result of Conyers' guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to counterfeit checks from April to July, 1998. As to the second count of counterfeiting, Byrnes ordered a consecutive sentence of eight years, all suspended and three years probation. Furthermore, Conyers was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of approximately $2, 290.

An investigation conducted by the Police Department of the Mass Transit Administration (MTA), aided by the Forensic Document and Fingerprinting Units of the Maryland State Police, yielded information that Conyers, a bus driver for the MTA, had been using a personal computer in her home to counterfeit MTA payroll checks and checks drawn on the accounts of private companies. Conyers would then distribute the counterfeit checks to her co-conspirators to cash. Conyers also committed at least one instance of identity theft whereby at least one of the checks she counterfeited was created using the identity of a purse-snatching victim.

"Ms. Conyers, by committing these crimes, turned her back on both her employer and the law," Attorney General Curran said. "Let this be a warning to those who think they can beat the system: not only will we catch you, we will also prosecute you."

The expertise of the Maryland State Police was required to detect and fully investigate Conyers' use of fraudulent check stock and to track Conyers' handwriting used to forge and counterfeit the checks. The amount of the counterfeited checks is approximately $15,400. Conyers currently operates a Baltimore County School bus, but can no longer do so without the permission of her probation officer. Conyers is no longer employed with the Maryland Transit Authority.

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