May 24, 2005
WOMAN SENTENCED TO 5 WEEKENDS IN JAIL FOR FELONY
THEFT OF TAX REFUNDS
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced
today that Lachelle Taneka Lee, age 29, currently residing on
Marquette Road, Baltimore,
was sentenced on May 23 by Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge
Philip T. Caroom for her role in stealing six income tax refunds
from the State of Maryland Office of the Comptroller. Sentencing
follows Lachelle Lee’s March 10, 2005 conviction on six counts
of felony theft of money from the Office of the Comptroller.
On each of the six theft counts, Judge Caroom sentenced Lachelle
Lee to four years in the Division of Corrections, and suspended
all but ten days, to be served at the Anne Arundel County Detention
Center in five consecutive weekends beginning June 24. The Court
also placed Ms. Lee on probation for five years, during which time
she is to pay $3,043.50 in restitution to the Office of the Comptroller
and complete 100 hours of community service.
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 were 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 more than $500.
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.