July 19, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
SENTENCED FOR STEALING
$43,000 FROM UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the sentencing of
Evaggelos Geraniotis, 46, a former tenured University of Maryland,
College Park professor, on his previous plea of guilty to stealing
over $43,000 from the University. Prince Georges County Circuit
Court Judge Maureen LeMasney, sentenced Geraniotis to a one year
suspended sentence. The defendant already repaid the University
the money he stole, losses which the University discovered in the
course of an internal audit. Geraniotis resigned his position with
the University after being confronted.
the time in question, Geraniotis, who lives in a $1.3 million house
in Potomac, was a professor in the Universitys Department
of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In his earlier plea of guilty,
he admitted stealing $43,080.57 from the University and its foundation
by submitting fraudulent travel reimbursement requests between 1998
and 2000. Specifically, he claimed that 61 separate trips he had
taken were business-related and sought reimbursement for the expenses
he incurred, such as air fare, hotels and car rentals. The University,
not knowing his claims were bogus, reimbursed him a total of $43,080.57.
In fact, each one of these trips was personal in nature; none of
them was in any way related to University business.
to court documents, after Geraniotis was charged, the State discovered
that he stole an additional $4,577.12, by causing the State to pay
for an automobile accident he had on one of the personal trips covered
by his guilty plea.
the sentencing hearing this morning, Geraniotis asked that he be
given probation before judgment, which, if granted, would have caused
his conviction to be set aside. In denying the request, Judge LeMasney
commented that the over 60 times he fraudulently billed the University
for non-business related trips "represented a systematic plan
to cheat the University on a monthly basis, and sometimes more often
than that". She went on to observe that "the extent and
nature of [his] scheme does not reflect someone who makes a one-time
mistake - instead, it represents his continuing plan to steal from
announcing todays sentence, the Attorney General observed
that "in feeding his personal greed, Mr. Geraniotis disregarded
the trust placed in him by the University of Maryland, the teaching
profession and the students he was charged with instructing."