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For Immediate Release
April 21, 2003
Contact: Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
scaine@oag.state.md.us

LAUREL WOMAN SENTENCED TO SERVE 3 ½ YEARS
FOR PROBATION VIOLATION

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. and Maryland Comptroller of the Treasury William Donald Schaeffer announced today that Evelina C. Hodge, 41, of Laurel, Prince George’s County, was sentenced Friday as a result of her admission to various violations of her probation. In February 1999, Ms. Hodge was found guilty of felony theft of income tax funds owed to the Internal Revenue Service. In 1999, the Honorable Toni Clarke sentenced her to five years incarceration, but suspended 3 ½ years of that sentence and ordered Ms. Hodge to serve 18 months on home detention and pay $28,058.97 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Judge Clarke sentenced Ms. Hodge to 3 ½ years incarceration, the balance of the original sentence, on charges that she violated her probation in 2001 and again in 2003. The 2001 violation resulted from Ms. Hodge’s failure to pay restitution in a timely fashion. She was further charged as a result of her arrest earlier this year for filing federal income tax returns. Those federal charges are pending. While these violations were pending Ms. Hodge presented the Court with false medical excuses to explain her various absences on court dates. Ms. Hodge admitted guilt to the charged violations of her probation.

Judge Clarke today also confirmed the amount of restitution to be paid in the amount of $28,058.97

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