February 10, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
STATE EMPLOYEE CONVICTED FOR STEALING $24,595
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Kimberley Lyn
Cudanin, 28, was convicted on February 6, 2003 in the Baltimore
City Circuit Court of stealing $24,595 from the Advanced Trauma
Life Support (ATLS) program, a continuing education program taught
at the University of Maryland teaching facility in Baltimore City.
The Honorable Carol E. Smith imposed the sentence recommended by
the State, being five years incarceration, suspending all but four
months; followed by five years of supervised probation with the
condition that Kimberly Cudanin pay $24,595 in restitution.
Kimberley Cudanin stole the money in a continuing scheme between
December 4, 1998 and September 5, 2000 (while she was working for
the Maryland Institute for Emergency Services Systems). During this
time period, she was employed to organize the ATLS courses, collect
fees from physicians taking the courses, and deposit the money in
the ATLS bank account. According to the investigation by the Office
of the Attorney General, Criminal Investigations Division, Cudanin
took numerous checks received as fees for the ATLS program, added
her name as "payee" on the checks, and cashed them. Cudanin
was terminated from employment on January 12, 2001.
Cudanin simply made the checks payable to herself and cashed them,"
Attorney General Curran said. "In addition to having to pay
back the money, she must spend four months in jail and five years
on supervised probation."
case was prosecuted by the Criminal Investigations Division of the
Maryland Attorney Generals Office, with the assistance of