October 4, 2004
BALTIMORE CITY SOCIAL SERVICES WORKERS SENTENCED TO 6 MONTHS
HOME DETENTION FOR STEALING OVER $100,000
J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the sentencing 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, outlined how the defendants
stole money from DSS in the form of fraudulent overtime requests
between December 1999 and December 2002.
The defendants pled guilty back on August 5, 2004 to stealing
approximately $115,000. 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. In
some 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.)
Today the defendants appeared before the Honorable Paul Smith
of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City for sentencing. Judge
Smith sentenced them both to 5 years suspending all but 6 months
home detention to be followed by 5 years of supervised probation.
During that period of probation Ms. Mitchell will have to repay
$65,000 and Ms. Pendleton will have to repay $50,000. The 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.