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


DATE, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

FORMER COURT CLERK CHARGED WITH STEALING MARRIAGE LICENSE FEES

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a former Prince Georgeís County Marriage License Clerk, Kameko Plater, 26,of Old Chapel Court, Bowie, has been served with charges of felony theft and fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary. Plater is charged with the theft and/or misappropriation of approximately $1,375 worth of marriage license and certification fees, owed to the State as revenues, in approximately three months time.

Though a criminal information is merely an accusation of wrongdoing and every individual is presumed innocent unless the State proves the charges beyond a reasonable doubt, if convicted of this theft the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, $1,000 in fines and restitution. If convicted of the fraudulent misappropriation the defendant faces a maximum sentence of one to five years in prison.

This case was referred to the Office of the Attorney General by the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Prince Georgeís County, whose investigation into this matter led to Platerís termination of employment with the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Prince Georgeís County.

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