December 18, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
FORMER MTA EMPLOYEES
CHARGED WITH STEALING OVER $100,000
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the filing of multiple
theft and conspiracy charges against Deitra Sharp, 36, and Pauline
Cole, 40, two former employees of the Maryland Transit Administration.
of the 4000 block of Nicholas Avenue in Baltimore, and Sharp, of
the 2000 block of Edison Highway in Baltimore, were charged with
stealing insurance checks from the MTAs Transit Insurance
Group, the State Treasurers Office, the Maryland Automobile
Insurance Fund, and five private insurance companies (GEICO, Penn
National, Nationwide, Allstate, and State Farm). The thefts are
alleged to have occurred over a three year period between 1997 and
2001, when they were discovered and the two individuals were fired.
The total amount alleged to have been stolen was $109,186.66.
defendant faces a maximum sentence of 135 years in prison and fines
of $9,000, as well as court ordered restitution. The charges are
merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless
and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
on the charges has been set for March 13, 2003 in Baltimore City