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
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.