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


August 30, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

STATE EMPLOYEE WHO STOLE GETS JAIL FOR VIOLATING PROBATION

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Denise Makell, 41, of the 5000 block of Sands Road, Lothian, was found guilty of violating probation in connection with her conviction for felony theft in November 1998, and was sentenced by the Honorable Carol E. Smith, Circuit Court Baltimore City, to five years in the Division of Corrections.

In November 1998, Makell plead guilty to felony theft as a result of her theft of a $27,000 State of Maryland check in her capacity as an employee of Morgan State University. She altered the State of Maryland check, which was intended to be for postage for the University, and made it payable to herself and then deposited it in her personal bank account, at which time the bank manager became suspicious and notified Morgan State authorities. Makell was a veteran state employee with over 20 years of service at the time of her conviction.

Makell violated the terms of her probation by failing to obey all laws, as she was arrested and convicted twice for possession of a controlled dangerous substance in Anne Arundel County in May and July 2001, failing to report her arrest and conviction, and failing to report to her agent.

The case was originally investigated by the Maryland State Police, Morgan State Police and the Attorney Generalís Criminal Investigations Division.

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