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For Immediate Release
May 11, 2007

Media Contact:
Raquel Guillory, 410-576-6357
rguillory@oag.state.md.us

Montgomery County Woman Who Posed as a Clinical Social
Worker Receives Maximum Sentence

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Letitia Jonelle Miller, 37, formerly of 9727 Mt. Pisgah Road, in Silver Spring, was sentenced by Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Joseph A. Dugan, Jr. to serve two consecutive 90-day sentences for the misdemeanor crimes of Practicing Clinical Social Work Without a License and Misrepresentation as Authorized to Practice Social Work.

Between November, 2004 and February, 2005, Letitia Miller was employed as the clinical director and clinical social worker at the Innovative Behavior Treatment Center (IBTC) in Silver Spring. As clinical director, she treated emotionally disturbed adolescents and their family members and supervised staff. She acquired the position by falsely representing that she had a Masters in Social Work, postgraduate psycho-therapeutic expertise, and a Maryland clinical social work license necessary for the position.

In fact, Miller has never been licensed in Maryland or anywhere else as a certified social worker or as a clinical social worker and the social work license that she presented to IBTC was a counterfeit. She never received a Masters in Social Work and is not completing a Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology and Government, as her resume and fake supporting documents represented.

Miller failed to appear on September 5, 2006 for her first scheduled sentencing date and arranged to have an unidentified person inform the court that she had died of a heart attack. As a result of her absence, the court issued a bench warrant. Miller was soon located after Maryland State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office found a posting on a Yahoo Personals website that listed her address as Durham, N.C.

In addition to the jail sentence, the Court also ordered the Miller to reimburse the court for all the costs incurred in order to provide Miller with an sign language interpreter during her past court appearances. Judge Dugan was convinced by the information provided by the State that Miller was feigning a hearing impairment requiring the assistance of an interpreter.

This case was investigated and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Criminal Division with the assistance of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. Letitia Miller is also subject to a bench warrant issued as a result of her failure to appear for a sentencing pending in the Charles County Circuit Court.

   

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