December 16, 2005
OWNER OF ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY CHARGED WITH THEFT
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.
announced today that Lynette Dudley Richardson, an owner of an
facility in Baltimore County, was charged by the Grand Jury for
Baltimore County in a ten-count indictment in the Circuit Court
for Baltimore County on theft and embezzlement charges. The indictment
charges that Richardson, 37, of 5806 Prince George Street, Gwynn
Oak, Maryland, from October 22, 2004 through November 27, 2004,
stole money from Martha Galey, who was living at Richardson’s
assisted living facility. In addition, the embezzlement charges
allege that Richardson used Ms. Galey’s property for purposes
not in the due and lawful execution of the trust responsibility
she owed to Ms. Galey. Richardson is charged in five theft counts,
two misdemeanors and three felonies, and five embezzlement counts
for amounts ranging from $40.00 to $1,700.00. The total alleged
loss to Ms. Galey is more than $4,000 during a five-week period.
An indictment is an accusation and all persons are presumed innocent
unless proven guilty. Felony Theft is punishable by up to 15 years
incarceration and a fine up to $25,000.00. Misdemeanor Theft is
punishable by up to 18 months incarceration and a fine up to $500.
Embezzlement is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a term of imprisonment
for not less than one year and not exceeding five years.
The case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
(MFCU) of the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, which
has jurisdiction to prosecute crimes arising out of assisted