December 11, 2003
GENERAL CHARGES BALTIMORE MAN WITH IDENTITY FRAUD IN CONNECTION
WITH LOTTERY WIN
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the filing of multiple
charges against Bernard Parrish, 49, in connection with his use
of his deceased father's personal identifying information when cashing
in two winning Lottery tickets totaling $10,000. Parrish, of the
1500 block of East 28th Street in Baltimore, was charged with two
counts of identity fraud (a felony), two counts of using false information
on Lottery prize claim forms (a misdemeanor), and one count of failing
to file his state income tax return (a misdemeanor). The winning
tickets were Pick 4 tickets, which Parrish cashed in on December
14, 2002. By using his father's identity, Parrish was attempting
to avoid paying state income taxes and child support obligations.
Although everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond
a reasonable doubt and the charges are merely accusations, the penalty
for felony identity fraud is five years in prison and a $5,000 fine;
the penalty for false entry in public records is three years in
prison and a $1,000 fine; and the penalty for failure to file a
tax return is five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
When the Maryland State Lottery Agency discovered the fraud, it
referred the matter to the Attorney General's Office. The case was
investigated by the Maryland State Police and the Attorney General's
Criminal Investigations Division.
is scheduled for February 27, 2004 in Baltimore City Circuit Court.