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


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

FORMER CATHOLIC CHARITIES CASEWORKER CHARGED WITH STEALING $73,000 FROM HER CLIENTS
Defendant Charged With Stealing Another $13,921 from Two Credit Card Companies

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the filing of felony theft charges against Dorothy Moore Williams, a former caseworker for Catholic Charities, in Baltimore City Circuit Court. Williams, 52, is charged with stealing a total of $87,331.40 from three individuals and two credit card companies between late 1998 and early 2000.

Williams, who resides in the 900 block of Masefield Road in Baltimore County, resigned her position last year at Catholic Charities, where she had worked as a caseworker for several vulnerable adults assigned to Catholic Charities by the Adult Protective Services Division of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services. The Criminal Information charges Williams with stealing $12,656.33 from Adeline Massoni, $19,583.65 from Mildred Nelson, and $41,170.09 from Sara Webster. Williams, who has at least four aliases, is also charged with stealing a total of $13,921.33 from First Consumer National Bank and Discover Financial Services, Inc. during the same time period.

The matter was first brought to the attention of the authorities by Catholic Charities. The investigation was initiated by the Office of the Inspector General of the State Department of Human Resources, which later referred the matter to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Attorney Generalís Office. Assistance was also provided by the Inspector Generalís Office in the federal Social Security Administration.

The case is the fifth one filed this year by the Attorney General as part of his initiative to combat the financial exploitation of elderly and vulnerable adults. The first three have already resulted in convictions and prison sentences, while the fourth awaits trial.

The maximum penalty for felony theft is 15 years incarceration, a fine of $1,000 and restitution. A Criminal Information is merely an accusation of a crime and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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