January 16, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
MAN CHARGED WITH STEALING
STATE CHECKS FROM MAILBOXES
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Lamontray T.
Christian, 31,whose last known address is 3912 Lyndale Avenue, was
indicted by the Grand Jury for Baltimore City on 45 counts of theft,
identity fraud and forgery, in connection with the theft of several
State and corporate checks from the mailboxes of city residents
and cashing them at local check cashing facilities throughout Baltimore.
The indictment alleges that between November, 2001 and July, 2002,
Christian passed over $10,000 in stolen and forged checks, and used
fake identification to cash the checks. Many of the State of Maryland
checks were income tax refunds and unemployment checks. Others were
insurance reimbursement checks.
individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable
doubt. Christian was arrested on some of the charges on December
18, 2002 and held on $10,000 bail. If convicted he could be sentenced
to a total of 327 years incarceration and ordered to pay fines of
up to $97,500.
case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service,
Washington Division/Baltimore Office, and prosecuted by the Office
of the Attorney General, Criminal Investigations Division.