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For Immediate Release
April 19, 2005
Media Contact:
Kevin Enright 410-576-6357

CONSPIRATOR IN TAX SCHEME IS SENTENCED


Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Sabrina A. Martin, age 30, currently residing on Radecke Avenue in Baltimore City, was convicted in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court on charges of Conspiracy to Commit Felony Theft from the State of Maryland’s Office of the Comptroller. The Honorable Joseph P. Manck sentenced Sabrina Martin to a six month-suspended sentence and placed her on supervised probation for two years. Martin is ordered to pay $1,500 in restitution and complete 200 hours of community service. The sentence follows Ms. Martin’s earlier guilty plea and plea agreement with the State whereby she agreed to cooperate with the State’s prosecutions, if necessary.

Sabrina Martin was involved in a four-person theft scheme to file fraudulent 2002 State tax returns in order to get the State refunds that were 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 2002 State tax returns in a scheme to receive refunds. Sabrina Martin, at her sister Nicole’s request, received some stolen State tax refunds into her bank account. Co-defendant Lachelle Lee also received stolen tax returns.

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.

   

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