March 18, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
UMAB EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO 9-11 BOMB SCARE, IDENTITY FRAUD AND
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Clarice Contonia
Snowden, 34, formerly of Cockeysville, Maryland, pled guilty yesterday
in Baltimore City Circuit Court to charges that she made a False
Statement and Rumor of a Bomb, a felony, on September 11, 2001.
Snowden also pled guilty to charges of felony theft, forgery of
checks, and three counts of identity fraud, crimes discovered during
the investigation of the bomb scare. Sentencing is scheduled before
the Honorable John Philip Miller on May 14, 2003.
support of the Guilty pleas, the State presented a statement of
fact of the findings of the Office of the Attorney General, Criminal
Investigation Division investigation of Clarice Snowden. Since August
2000, Snowden had worked as an administrative assistant for the
University of Maryland at Baltimore in the Environmental Health
and Safety department, located at 714 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore.
Mid-morning on September 11, 2001, following the terrorist attacks,
the University of Maryland at Baltimore Police Department received
a telephone call stating there were five bombs in the UMAB buildings
and that they should be evacuated. The telephone call was traced
to Snowden's desk at the UMAB Department of Environmental Health
and Safety and the recorded statement was identified by co-workers
as the voice of Clarice Snowden.
Snowden was fired on September 14, 2001. After she was discharged,
papers in her desk were found that contained personal identifying
information relating to four other women, three being former UMAB
employees. The papers included a Social Security card, fictitious
driver's license, and a loan application, all using the names and
Social Security numbers of the other women. The investigation revealed
that Snowden had used personal identifying information of these
women to open bank accounts and obtain loans and credit cards. In
addition, Snowden used information from a former employee's personnel
records to cause the State of Maryland to issue a duplicate final
payroll check in the amount of $962.32. That check was deposited
in Snowden's credit union account.
The UMAB Police Department, Office of the Inspector General for
the Social Security Administration, and Maryland State Police assisted
the Criminal Investigations Divisions in the investigation of this