March 14, 2005
BALTIMORE WOMAN CONVICTED OF FELONY THEFT OF TAX
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. and State
Comptroller William Donald Schaefer announced today that Lachelle
Taneka Lee, age 29,
was convicted after trial by Anne Arundel County Circuit Court
Judge Philip T. Caroom of six counts of felony theft of money from
the State of Maryland Office of the Comptroller. Lachelle Lee’s
sentencing is scheduled for May 23, 2005. The crime of felony theft
carries a potential maximum sentence of imprisonment up to 15 years
or a fine not exceeding $25,000, or both.
Lachelle Lee was part of a theft scheme with a friend to file
fraudulent State tax returns in order to get the tax refunds that
issued as a result of the false returns. The State proved that,
in six incidents, Lachelle Lee knowingly received stolen tax State
refunds into her bank accounts. Each stolen refund was over $500.
At the time of the theft scheme, Lee resided at 2700 Strathmore
Avenue, in Baltimore City.
The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Office of the
Attorney General, Criminal Investigations Division, with assistance
from the Maryland Office of the Comptroller and Maryland State