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


February 1, 2002 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUPLE CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY TO PRACTICE NURSING WITHOUT A MARYLAND LICENSE

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Abou Bakarr Kamara, 55, and Khadeeja Bamaba Kamara, 43, formerly of Montgomery County, Maryland, were indicted in Montgomery County on December 13, 2001, on misdemeanor charges including conspiracy to commit licensing and misrepresentation, violations of the Maryland Nurse Practice Act and practicing licensed practical nursing without a license. It is alleged that most of the offenses occurred between October 17, 2000 and October 21, 2000.

No trial date has yet been set. The pending cases will be prosecuted by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Maryland Attorney Generalís Office. While an indictment is merely accusations of wrongdoing and every individual is presumed innocent unless the state proves the charges beyond a reasonable doubt, practicing nursing in Maryland without a license is punishable by a maximum sentence of five years or a fine of $5,000, or both.

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