April 6, 2005
FOURTH CO-DEFENDANT CONVICTED IN THEFT SCHEME
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Barbara
Eugenia Williams, age 35, currently residing in Aberdeen Maryland,
was convicted on her plea of guilty April 5 by Anne Arundel County
Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Hackner of one count of Felony Theft
of money from the State of Maryland Office of the Comptroller.
The Court sentenced Williams to one year in the Anne Arundel
County Detention Center, and suspended the sentence. Williams,
of Gemini Court in Baltimore City, was placed on supervised probation
for two years. During probation, Williams is ordered to pay the
Office of the Comptroller $2,708.50 in restitution at a rate
of $120.000 per month. This is a portion of the money taken during
a theft scheme.
Barbara Williams was part of a four-person theft scheme to file
fraudulent 2002 State tax returns in order to get the State refunds
that issued as a result of the false returns. The State investigation
proved that Barbara"Gina" Williams and Nicole Martin
actually prepared and filed a number of fraudulent State tax returns.
Williams also knowingly received some stolen State tax refunds
into her bank accounts. Co-defendants Nicole Martin and Lachelle
Lee await sentencing for Felony Theft. Sabrina Martin will be sentenced
later in April for Conspiracy to Commit Felony Theft.
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 Police.