January 9, 2004
CORPORATE OFFICER CONVICTED AND SENTENCED IN BALTIMORE CITY
FOR FELONY THEFT
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Terri Lynn Bower,
34, of 241 S. Ann Street,
Baltimore, was convicted January 8 of felony theft in the Baltimore
City Circuit. The Honorable Paul A. Smith accepted Bower’s
guilty plea and sentenced her to five years incarceration, suspended.
The Court also imposed a 5-year period of supervised probation
with the conditions that Bower undergo an evaluation to determine
if she requires counseling and that she pay $11,962.29 in restitution.
According to the statement of facts the State presented, Bower
was Vice President of Operations and Treasurer of TravelGuide
Software, Inc. Between August 1998 and September 1999,
she stole $11,962.29
while she ran the company’s business office in the Canton
area of Baltimore. She stole the money by writing checks to herself
and for her personal benefit and then obscuring the theft in the
company account records. The theft went undetected until April
2000, when TravelGuide Software CEO David Wallis, working from
the company’s Reston, Virginia office, began to suspect that
the accounts and financial reports made by Bower were fabricated.
Wallis referred the case to the Criminal Investigations Division
of the Maryland Attorney General’s Office.
case was prosecuted by the Criminal Investigations Division of
the Maryland Attorney General’s Office and the Maryland