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For Immediate Release
December 19, 2002
Contact: Sean Caine, 410-576-6357

HOUSEKEEPER CHARGED WITH STEALING
FROM ELDERLY GALENA MAN

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. and Kent County State’s Attorney Robert H. Strong, Jr. jointly announced today the filing of theft and tax fraud charges against Margaret Wilson, 67, of Morgnec Cutoff in Chestertown.

Wilson was charged with stealing a $50,000 check as well as $13,800 from H. Lee Russell, now deceased, of Galena, Maryland. The thefts are alleged to have occurred between April and July, 2001. Russell died the following month, on August 10, 2001, at the age of 90. Wilson was also charged with failing to file State income tax returns for the years 1999 through 2001.

The maximum sentence for felony theft is 15 years and a $1,000 fine. The maximum for failure to file a State income tax return is five years and a $10,000 fine. The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The matter had been referred to the Attorney General’s Office by the Kent County Department of Social Services, Adult Protective Services.

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