September 8, 2006
FORMER STATE TREASURY EMPLOYEE GUILTY OF THEFT
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.
announced today that Wendi Lynn Davis, age 43, of the 700 block
of Match Point
Drive, Arnold, pled guilty to stealing over $52,000 from the State
Insurance Trust Fund. The theft scheme lasted almost three years,
while Wendi Davis was employed as a Treasury Specialist in the
Maryland Treasurer’s Office, in Annapolis. The Honorable
Joseph P. Manck scheduled sentencing for November 2, 2006.
By her guilty plea, Wendi Davis admitted that she
worked in the Treasurer’s Office, first as a Treasury Specialist and eventually
as the Administration Division Accounting Manager. Davis was responsible
for processing and approving claims for payment from the State
Insurance Trust Fund, which pays legitimate claims for injury and
property loss caused by State employees. Davis misused her position
to cause nine unauthorized checks to be issued from the State Insurance
Trust Fund, totaling $51,595.00. Those checks were made payable
to "Sean Davis," her husband. The checks were endorsed
and deposited into their joint bank account. Mrs. Davis obscured
her theft scheme by preparing fake documents to support the payments.
Davis was caught after she caused a 10th unauthorized
check to be issued. On or about December 15, 2003, she approved
to Verizon Wireless for $829, the amount overdue on her personal
mobile phone account. Verizon Wireless called the Treasurer’s
Office and questioned the claim payment and an investigation began.
This case was prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General,
Criminal Investigations Division with the assistance of the Maryland
State Treasurer’s Office. This investigation is ongoing.