June 20, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
COMPANY BOOKKEEPER CONVICTED AND SENTENCED TO JAIL FOR THEFT &
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Elizabeth Strein
Rothmeyer Zinslen, 32, presently residing in Canton, Ohio, was convicted
Wednesday of felony theft and fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary
(embezzlement)after a jury trial in Baltimore City Circuit Court.
The Honorable Thomas J. S. Waxter, Jr., the presiding judge, sentenced
the defendant to five years incarceration, suspending all but six
months. The sentence commenced immediately. The Court also imposed
a five-year period of supervised probation with the condition that
the defendant pay at least $40,000 in restitution to the victim
of the theft and embezzlement, the J. G. Martin Company, a commercial
heating and air conditioning company located at 4925 Belair Road
State proved during the trial that Elizabeth Rothmeyer stole $203,000
from the Baltimore area business while she was employed there as
the company bookkeeper. Ms. Rothmeyer employed two separate schemes
to steal the money. In one instance she issued over 70 checks to
purportedly pay company suppliers, instead she endorsed the checks
and deposited them into her personal Harford County bank account.
Similarly, she wrote a check to herself for $9,000, forged the signature
of the company owner and deposited it into her bank account in Canton,
Ohio. Rothmeyer obscured these fraudulent transactions by altering
or destroying company records.
Rothmeyer was hired by her employer to keep the books not cook them,"
Attorney General Curran said.
Federal Bureau of Investigation referred the case to the Criminal
Investigations Division of the Maryland Attorney General's Office.