August 6, 2004
BALTIMORE CITY SOCIAL SERVICES WORKERS GUILTY OF STEALING OVER
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the guilty pleas
of R. Pamela
Mitchell, 50, and Helene Pendleton, 45, former
employees of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (“DSS”),
for felony theft. The charges, which were filed by the Baltimore
City Grand Jury on March 24, 2004, outline how the defendants stole
money from DSS in the form of fraudulent overtime requests between
December 1999 and December 2002.
The defendants pled guilty to stealing approximately $115,000
during that time period. Ms. Mitchell and Ms. Pendleton
forged the signature
of a supervisor in order to have the overtime approved, yet neither
of them ever worked those requested hours. As a matter of fact,
they were never even approved for the overtime and continued
to forge the signature covertly over the three year period.
instances, the defendants were not even at work during the regular
hours of the days they were getting paid overtime (even receiving
overtime on September 11, 2001 though their building was closed
due to the terror attacks on the United States).
the defendants appeared before the Honorable Paul Smith of the
Circuit Court for Baltimore City. After accepting their guilty
pleas to the theft scheme, Judge Smith postponed sentencing until
October 4, 2004.
case was investigated by the Inspector General’s Office
of the State Department of Human Resources and the Maryland State
Police. It was prosecuted by the Criminal Investigations Division
of the Attorney General’s Office.