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


October 9, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

TEMP EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH STEALING MD ENVIR. SERVICE AGENCYíS CREDIT CARD NUMBER

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the indictment of Darryl Shelton, 43, whose last known address is P.O. Box 6986 in Baltimore, in connection with the theft of menís clothing and accessories from various menís clothiers by posing as the assistant or husband of a Maryland Environmental Service employee, who was the authorized account holder of the agencyís purchasing credit card.

In October 2000, Shelton was an employee with a local Baltimore temporary employment agency when he was assigned to work in the accounts payable department of the Maryland Environmental Service agency, located in Annapolis. He worked there for three-and-a-half days. During that time he had access to the credit card account information issued to authorized employees. It is alleged that he used the account information to order merchandise by phone and mail-in catalog from various vendors totaling approximately $2,400 and had the items delivered to his Baltimore City address. When the alleged scheme was discovered, the agency cancelled the credit cards.

Shelton was indicted with credit card fraud, felony theft, identity theft and attempted felony theft. If convicted on all charges, the maximum penalty on all counts is up to 46 years incarceration and a fine of up to $8,000. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. An arrest warrant has been issued for Shelton in connection with the charges.

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

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