Three More Individuals Convicted In
False Invoice Scheme
General Douglas F. Gansler today announced that Stephen Ross,
38, Diana O’Connor, 43, and Tinikia Rice,
23, pled guilty in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City to participation
in a false invoice scheme at the Maryland Department of Business
and Economic Development (DBED). The scheme resulted in the issuance
of over $33,000 in checks for services that were never rendered.
The Honorable John Glynn sentenced each of the defendants to three
years incarceration, all suspended, with an order to pay full restitution.
In addition, Rice and O’Connor were sentenced to three years
probation, Ross received four years probation.
Late last year, a fourth individual indicted in the scheme -
Yolanda Harris, 42, of the 2300 block of Evergreen Avenue in Baltimore
- pled guilty to felony theft and was sentenced to a three year
suspended sentence and restitution in the amount of $6,490.
A total of six Baltimore residents were indicted for their participation
in the scheme, including Denise Rosado, 40, who worked at DBED
in the Communications Office and created false invoices in the
names of her friends and relatives. In her position within the
agency, she was able to approve the invoices for payment. The sixth
individual, James Barnes, is still at large. Ms. Rosado is set
for arraignment on the charges on March 19, 2007. While a criminal
charge is merely an accusation of wrongdoing and every individual
is presumed innocent unless the State proves the charges beyond
a reasonable doubt, felony theft and conspiracy to commit felony
theft are each punishable by a maximum of 15 years incarceration
and a fine of $25,000.
In their guilty pleas
today, Ross, of the 400 block of Edgewood Street, Rice, of the
2700 block of Fisk Road, and O’Connor,
of the 700 block of Deacon Hill Court, admitted to receiving checks
from DBED for printing and advertising services they never provided.
All three individuals are related to Ms. Rosado, the former State
employee. Ross admitted to receiving $7,208, Rice to $3,804 and
O’Connor to $8,475.
The case was referred
to the Criminal Investigations Division of the Attorney General’s Office by DBED, and was investigated
with the assistance of the Maryland State Police. In making today’s
announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney
General Carolyn Henneman for her work on the case.