November 2, 2006
FORMER STATE TREASURY EMPLOYEE SENTENCED FOR THEFT
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Wendi
Davis, age 43, of the 700 block of Match Point Drive,
Arnold, was sentenced to serve one weekend in the Anne Arundel
Detention Center followed by 9 months of home detention for the
theft of over $52,000 from the State Insurance Trust Fund. Judge
Joseph P. Manck also imposed an additional suspended sentence and
ordered Davis to undergo 2 years of supervised probation following
her detention. While on probation, Davis must undergo substance
abuse treatment as directed by the State Division of Parole & Probation.
prefaced his sentence by characterizing the defendant’s
crime as "a brazen and selfish act." Wendi Davis committed
the theft while she was employed as a Treasury Specialist in the
Maryland Treasurer’s Office, in Annapolis. Wendi Davis worked
in the Treasurer’s Office, first as a Treasury Specialist
and, eventually, as the Administration Division Accounting Manager.
This was a position of great trust, whereby she 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, 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
soon after she caused a 10th unauthorized check to issue. On
or about December 15, 2003, she approved a check 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 at a time the defendant was out
of the office on sick leave.
The sentencing of Wendi Davis follows her guilty plea on September
7, 2006 to felony theft. This case was prosecuted by Office of
the Attorney General, Criminal Investigations with the assistance
of the Maryland State Treasurer’s Office.