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

July 25, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357


Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Shenita Rena Hynson, 35, of Cordova, Maryland, was sentenced as a result of her guilty plea entered to one count of False Entry in a Public Record. Hynson, a former toll collector assigned to the (William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial) Bay Bridge since 1994, entered a plea of guilty to falsifying toll receipts, allowing her to steal $580 of Maryland Transportation Authority funds from July through November 2000.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis sentenced Hynson to a one-year suspended sentence and placed Hynson on probation for a period of two years. Hynson was further ordered to pay a $580 fine.

This case was referred to the Office of the Attorney General by the Maryland Transportation Authority, after members of the Authority Police Detective Division conducted an extensive investigation, including taped surveillance of Hynson for a period of five months, July-November 2000.

"We will continue to work with the Transportation Authority to ensure that the few bad apples that make up a very small minority of the honest toll collectors, are punished and held accountable for their actions," Attorney General Curran said.

Trial dates have been set for four other toll collectors charged by the Office of the Attorney General in cases involving theft of Maryland Transportation Authority funds and are scheduled to take place in August and October.