May 13, 2005
CARE PROVIDER CHARGED WITH THEFT & PUBLIC
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that
a criminal information has been filed in Baltimore County
Circuit Court charging
Erica Patrice Whiting of Bexhill Road in Baltimore County, with
the crimes of Felony Theft of money from the State of Maryland
and Public Assistance Fraud. It is alleged in the charges that
from about November 1, 2002 until August 14, 2003, Erica Whiting,
age 35, fraudulently obtained approximately $8,866.00 from the
Purchase of Care Program administered by the Baltimore County
Department of Social Services, by falsely representing
that she provided child
care for two children when, in fact, she did not.
While a criminal information or charge is merely an accusation
of wrongdoing and every individual is presumed innocent unless
the State proves the charges beyond a reasonable doubt, if convicted,
the maximum penalty for felony theft is 15 years, a $1,000 fine
or both. The maximum penalty, if convicted of Public Assistance
Fraud, is three years, a $25,000 fine, or both.
This case was investigated by Office of the Attorney General,
Criminal Investigations Division (CID) and the Office of the
Department of Human Resources. The case will be prosecuted by
the Criminal Investigations Division.