May 20, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO
STEALING STATE CHECKS FROM MAILBOXES
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Lamontray T.
Christian, 31, of 3912 Lyndale Avenue, plead guilty in the Circuit
Court for Baltimore City to felony theft, identity fraud and forgery
in connection with his theft of several state income tax refund,
workers compensation and insurance checks from the mailboxes
of city residents. Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge A. Handy imposed
a 25-year suspended sentence and placed Christian on three years
probation under the supervision of the Circuit Court Drug Treatment
Court. He was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $10,870.85
to the check cashing facilities. Christian served approximately
35 days following his arrest.
program involves intensive supervision by the court, successful
completion of an individualized drug treatment plan, as well as
increased urinalysis and reporting to his probation agent. Throughout
the period of probation, he faces immediate sanctions for his failure
to comply with requirements, including periods of incarceration
and inpatient treatment such as the acupuncture program at the city
a period of nine months from November 2001 through July 2002, he
used fake identification to cash 14 stolen and forged checks at
local check cashing facilities throughout Baltimore. At the time
of his arrest in December 2002, Christian admitted his involvement
and said that he stole to support his heroin addiction.
case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service,
Washington Division/Baltimore Office, and prosecuted by the Office
of the Attorney General, Criminal Investigations Division.