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


February 15, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

TOLL COLLECTOR SENTENCED IN THEFT OF TOLL FUNDS

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a former Maryland Transportation Authority toll collector, Georgetta Peters, 41, of Peach Orchard Lane in Baltimore, was sentenced as a result of her guilty plea to one count of felony theft. Peters entered a plea of guilty to stealing $9,631 of toll funds, while she was working at the Fort McHenry Toll facility. Peters was employed by the Maryland Transportation Authority from December 1999 until March 2000.

Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Carol E. Smith sentenced Peters to three years incarceration, that term to be suspended in lieu of Peters’ placement on five years’ supervised probation. Peters is ordered to undergo drug and alcohol screening tests and treatment. She was also ordered to make a monthly payment of approximately $160 for five years so that the total of $9,631 will be paid to the Maryland Transportation Authority as restitution.

In December, 1999, shortages in amounts of toll funds collected by Peters began to occur. These shortages were detected by auditors of the Maryland Transportation Authority Accounting Department. An audit was completed comparing the amount of money collected, as noted on the end-of-shift deposit slips handed in by Peters, and the number and type of vehicles that passed through her lane in a shift, for the period of December, 1999 through March, 2000. This audit reflects that Ms. Peters’ shortages were substantial within days of starting as a toll collector in December, 1999. The Maryland Transportation Authority police referred this matter to the Office of the Attorney General for investigation and prosecution.

"The Office of the Attorney General will continue to work with the Maryland Transportation Authority to ensure the integrity of the system and that dishonest collectors are held accountable," Attorney General Curran said.

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