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


October 3, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

CURRAN CHARGES TWO WITH STEALING WELFARE BENEFITS

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the filing of criminal charges against two former Baltimore City Department of Social Services employees, Karen Dailey, 38, and Katrina Richardson McCoy, 30, for allegedly stealing over $500 in welfare benefits in the form of cash and food stamps.

Dailey, of the 400 block of North Athol Avenue in Baltimore, is accused of seven counts of conspiracy, felony theft, welfare fraud, false entry in a public record and identity fraud, while McCoy, of the 4000 block of Parkton Street in Baltimore, is accused of eight counts of the same crimes. The time period of their conspiracy ran from June 1999 to April 2000. The identity fraud counts charge them with fraudulently obtaining the personal identifying information of individuals for the purpose of using that information to obtain the benefits in question.

The matter was investigated by the Office of Inspector General of the State Department of Human Resources, which referred the cases to the Attorney Generalís Criminal Investigations Division for prosecution.

A criminal information is simply a charging document and defendants are presumed innocent until the State proves their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The maximum number of years incarceration Dailey faces if convicted on all counts is 15 years and fines totaling $15,000, while McCoy faces a maximum of 44 years incarceration and fines totaling $16,000.

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