May 10, 2004
MAN CONVICTED OF IDENTITY FRAUD
J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the conviction of 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, pled
guilty today in Baltimore City Circuit Court to Identity Fraud
and failing to file his State income tax return. His winning tickets
were Pick 4 tickets, which Parrish cashed in on December 14, 2002.
win more than $600 on a lottery ticket, you have to fill out
a claim form and give your Social Security Number.
The Lottery Agency then checks that social security number against
the State’s records on people who owe child support. Knowing
that he owed over $17,000 in child support arrears when he won
the $10,000, Mr. Parrish used his dead father’s social security
number so that none of his winnings would be intercepted and paid
over in back child support.
Judge John Miller of the Baltimore City Circuit Court sentenced
Parrish to 5 years on each count, and then suspended the sentence
and placed Parrish on 2 years supervised probation. He gave Parrish
60 days to file his 2002 and 2003 tax returns, ordered him to pay
all taxes, penalties and interest due, and imposed a $1,000 fine.
The case was
referred to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Attorney
General’s Office by the State Lottery Agency,
and it was investigated by the Maryland State Police.