May 14, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
UMAB EMPLOYEE SENTENCED FOR 9/11 BOMB SCARE, ID FRAUD AND OTHER
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Clarice Contonia
Snowden, 34, formerly of Cockeysville, was sentenced today by the
Honorable John Philip Miller, in Baltimore City Circuit Court, on
charges that she unlawfully made a false statement and rumor of
a bomb, the felony occurring on September 11, 2001. Snowden was
also sentenced on the following convictions: felony theft, forgery
of checks, and three counts of identity fraud. These crimes were
discovered following her 9/11 bomb scare.
Miller sentenced Clarice Snowden to 10 years for making a false
statement as to a bomb, suspending five years of the sentence. The
Court also imposed a five-year period of supervised probation, with
the special condition that Ms. Snowden attend the Fast Program and
complete any mental health programs recommended. For the conviction
of felony theft of money from the State of Maryland, the court imposed
a 15-year sentence, suspending all but six years. For the count
of forgery of checks in the name of Claire Williams, the court imposed
the maximum sentence of 10 years, suspending all but six years.
For each of the three offenses of identity fraud, Snowden received
the maximum sentence of one year, which the Court suspended. All
the sentences imposed run concurrent, meaning Snowden is to serve
six years in the Division of Correction with a remaining sentence
of nine years suspended. Judge Miller warned Clarice Snowden that
he would be justified in imposing the remaining 9-year sentence
if she committed future crimes.
convictions and sentencing follow an investigation of Snowden, a
former State employee, conducted by the Office of the Attorney General
Criminal Investigations Division. The investigation revealed that
on the morning of September 11, 2001, following the terrorist attacks,
the University of Maryland, Baltimore received a call stating there
were five bombs in the UMAB buildings and that they should be evacuated.
The telephone call was traced to Snowdens desk at the UMAB
Department of Environmental Health and Safety and the recorded statement
was identified by co-workers as the voice of 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 drivers
license, and a loan application all bearing the names and Social
Security Numbers of the other women. The investigation revealed
that Snowden had used the personal information of these women to
open bank accounts and to obtain loans and credit cards. In addition,
Snowden stole money from the state by using information from a former
UMAB employees personnel file causing the state to issue a
duplicate final payroll check, which Snowden deposited into her
own credit union account.
the bomb threat to identity fraud, Ms. Snowdens actions were
unconscionable and were deserving of the harsh sanction she received,"
Attorney General Curran said. "Our Office takes identity fraud
very seriously and will continue to vigorously prosecute offenders."
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