April 25, 2005
SENTENCED FOR FORGING HER DECEASED MOTHER’S
SIGNATURE ON CHECKS
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Gina L. Charles,
was sentenced on April 22 by Prince
County Circuit Court Judge James J. Lombardi to two years of supervised
probation, including the special conditions of probation that she
complete 100 hours of community service, obtain stress counseling
as directed by the Division of Parole and Probation, and pay restitution
to the Bank of America in the amount of $10,000. Judge Lombardi
imposed what he called a "tough probation" before judgment,
but informed Gina Charles that she risked three years of jail time
if she failed to comply with the probation conditions. The sentence
follows Gina Charles’ guilty pleas and conviction for counterfeiting
private documents (checks) and issuing counterfeited checks.
The State investigation revealed that Gina Charles, age 29,
of Megan Drive, Clinton, Maryland, counterfeited five checks,
payable to herself, by forging her deceased mother’s signature.
The checks, totaling $10,000, were drawn against an account held
jointly by Charles’ mother and stepfather, an elderly man
living in a senior living community. Raymond Mercer, the Defendant’s
stepfather, was not aware of the counterfeiting until he was
notified by his bank.
The Defendant’s conviction and sentencing follow an investigation
conducted by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Attorney
General’s Office and the Maryland State Police. The case
was referred to the Criminal Investigations Division by Corporate
Security at Bank of America.