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


March 7, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

WELFARE WORKER CHARGED WITH THEFT

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today the filing of theft charges against Lisa Renee Sanford, of Upper Marlboro, in Prince George’s County Circuit Court. Sanford, 37, had been approved by the Department of Social Services as an Adult Care Provider. In that capacity, she has been charged with stealing $6,726 in public assistance funds and food stamps, the property of Social Services, over a six-month period between December 1999 and May 2000.

A Criminal Information is merely a charge of criminal activity, and a defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, Sanford faces a total of 15 years’ incarceration and $1000 in fines and restitution.

Attorney General Curran noted that this case is part of his initiative against vulnerable adult exploitation, an initiative that has resulted in the filing of similar charges against other adult care workers in Baltimore City and Dorchester County. "It is outrageous when those entrusted with the care of our most vulnerable citizens exploit them even further and we will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law," Attorney General Curran said.

Arraignment on the charges is set for March 16, 2001.

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