April 21, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
WOMAN SENTENCED TO SERVE 3 ½ YEARS
FOR PROBATION VIOLATION
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. and Maryland Comptroller of the Treasury
William Donald Schaeffer announced today that Evelina C. Hodge,
41, of Laurel, Prince Georges 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.
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. Hodges 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.
Clarke today also confirmed the amount of restitution to be paid
in the amount of $28,058.97