March 1, 2006
FORMER UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH THEFT
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.
announced today the filing of criminal charges against Romain
Kim Johnson, 42,
of Race Track Road in Bowie, for her misuse of University of Maryland
credit cards in 2005. Johnson, who worked as a clerk in the University’s
Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, charged thousands
of dollars of personal purchases on her university credit cards,
which had been entrusted to her for the sole purpose of making
purchases on behalf of the University. Instead, she used the cards
to purchase several computers and related equipment, cell phones,
automobile repair expenses, private school tuition, speeding ticket
fees, clothing, and apartment rental charges.
Specifically, Johnson is charged with the following
crimes: Felony Theft (15 year maximum, $25,000 fine), Misdemeanor
Theft (18 months,
$500 fine), and False Entry in Public Records ( 3 years, $1,000).
The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed
innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Arraignment is set in Prince George’s County Circuit Court
for March 10, 2006.
The case was referred to the Criminal Investigations
Division of the Attorney General’s Office by the University of Maryland,
whose Campus Police had investigated the matter on a tip from the
University’s Purchasing Department.