June 16, 2005
JUVENILE JUSTICE EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH $23,000 TIME
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the
filing of Felony Theft charges against Vanessa Johnson,
52, in Montgomery
County Circuit Court. Johnson, who lives on Quince Orchard Blvd
in Gaithersburg, was charged in a two-count Criminal Information
with stealing money from the State Department of Juvenile Justice,
where she worked as a temporary Clerk in the billing department
of the Alfred Noyes Children’s Center, by fraudulently altering
her time sheets to add overtime and regular hours that she did
not in fact work. The total loss to the State from her scheme,
which ran from November 2002 to February 2004, was $23,877. Specifically,
she is charged with over-billing the State for 1,326 overtime hours
and 285 regular hours that she did not work. Her hourly rate of
pay was $10.50, and $15.75 for overtime.
The matter was referred to the Attorney General by the Department
of Juvenile Justice, and was investigated by the Maryland State
Police and the AG’s Criminal Investigations Division. No
date for arraignment has been set yet.
A criminal information is merely an accusation of wrongdoing,
and every individual is presumed innocent until the charges are
by the State. The maximum penalty on each count of Felony Theft
is 15 years and a $25,000 fine.