September 8, 2006
FORMER UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEE SENTENCED TO JAIL
FOR FELONY THEFT
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that Romaine Kim Johnson, 43, of Race Track Road in Bowie, was
sentenced to three years in jail, with all but 30 days suspended,
for her misuse of University of Maryland credit cards in 2005.
Johnson, who worked at the time as a clerk in the University’s
Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, charged more
than $16,000 worth 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 desktop computers, laptops and related
equipment, cell phones, automobile repair expenses, private school
tuition, speeding ticket fees, clothing, and apartment rental charges.
Today Johnson was sentenced by the Honorable Judge Sean Wallace
in Prince George’s County Circuit Court for felony theft.
In addition to 30 days in jail, Johnson was also placed on five
years probation and must pay restitution of $15,123.00.
In her earlier plea, Johnson admitted using her University cards
improperly to pay for, among other things, her son’s private
school tuition (at Good Counsel High School), car and apartment
rental expenses for her boyfriend, and clothing for her boyfriend’s
son. Campus Police executed a search warrant at her home on Race
Track Road in Bowie and recovered some of the computer equipment.
A stolen laptop was recovered from her son’s college dorm
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.