June 16, 2006
FORMER STATE EMPLOYEE SENTENCED FOR THEFT SCHEME
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.
announced today that Stacey B. Brown, of Contee Rd. in Laurel,
was sentenced to
three years to the Department of Corrections, with all but six
months suspended (to be served on house detention) and was ordered
to pay $28,000 of restitution to the U.S. Department of Education
as a condition of probation. Brown, 38, was sentenced by Prince
George’s County Circuit Court Judge Michele D. Hotten after
pleading guilty in April to felony theft.
In a statement of facts read into the record at
the time of the guilty plea, Judge Hotten learned Brown worked
for Bowie State
University in the Department of Education, where her responsibilities
included processing invoices for a federally funded grant, which
is designed to increase the use of technology in the classrooms
at both the college and high school levels. Brown stole $28,000.00
from BSU by submitting and processing seven fraudulent invoices
from 2001 to 2003. Brown filled out the invoices in the name of
her minor son, and had the checks mailed to her home. Shortly after
Brown resigned her position from BSU, a routine audit discovered
payments from the grant to Brown’s son, who had not performed
any work on behalf of the grant.
The matter was investigated and prosecuted by the Office of the
Attorney General, Criminal Investigations Division, with invaluable
investigative assistance by the Office of the Inspector General
for the U.S. Department of Education and the Maryland State Police.