November 15, 2006
BALTIMORE WOMAN CONVICTED OF STEALING
MONEY FROM STATE AGENCY
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the conviction
of Yolanda E. Harris, 42, for theft of $6,490 in
a scheme to steal money from the State Department of Business and
Economic Development ("DBED"). Last month, six individuals
- including Harris - were indicted in the scheme, in which the
thefts totaled more than $33,000. The other defendants are set
for trial on February 28, 2007 in Baltimore City Circuit Court.
Harris, of Evergreen Avenue in Baltimore, pled guilty before the
Honorable Martin Welch to participating in a scheme with Denise
Rosado, a friend who worked at DBED as an Administrative Assistant.
As part of the scheme, they created false invoices for nonexistent
services supposedly rendered to the agency, which Rosado approved
for payment. Although the invoices claimed that Harris had provided
certain graphics and printed materials to the Agency, in fact,
no such services were provided. When the checks in payment were
issued, Harris and Rosado would meet, cash the checks and split
Judge Welch sentenced Harris to three years, suspended all of
it and placed her on three years probation. He also ordered her
to repay to DBED the $6,490 she stole.
The case was
referred to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Attorney
General’s Office by DBED, which is located
on E. Redwood Street in Baltimore.