September 22, 2004
STATE EMPLOYEE CONVICTED OF STEALING $12,000
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the conviction
of Edward Allen Schwarz, of 225 Bright Oaks Drive, Bel Air, Maryland
in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Schwarz, 55, pled
guilty to one count of felony theft in connection with his responsibilities
as the Equipment Officer for the Maryland Transportation Authority.
The Honorable Christian M. Kahl sentenced Schwarz to a one-year
suspended sentence, and ordered that Schwarz pay $12,000 of restitution
to the Maryland Transportation Authority as a condition of his
As the Equipment Officer, Schwarz’s responsibilities included
disposing of old and damaged vehicles owned by the Maryland Transportation
Authority. Authority procedures required that Schwarz take the
vehicles to a public auction for sale. From 1997 to 1999, however,
Schwarz sold five vehicles privately for cash, and kept the proceeds.
The five sales were for a total of $12,000.
The case was investigated by the Maryland State Police and prosecuted
by the Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Investigations