FORMER PROGRAM MANAGER OF YOUNG FATHERS PROGRAM
CONVICTED OF FELONY THEFT, SENTENCED TO SERVE
MONTHS IN JAIL
MD (August 21, 2008) -Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler
announced today that Anthony
Nevard Williams, pled guilty on August 19, 2008, in the
Circuit Court for Baltimore City to charges that he stole a total
of $128,925.00 from the Maryland Department of Human Resources.
The funds that the Defendant stole were earmarked for the Young
Fathers/ Responsible Fathers Program, a program managed by the
Defendant. The Honorable Sylvester B. Cox, Jr. sentenced Williams
to a 3-year term of incarceration, suspending all but 6 months,
to be served in the Baltimore City Detention Center. After jail,
Anthony Williams will be placed on supervised probation for 5
years, with the condition that he pay $100,825.00 in restitution.
The State’s investigation revealed that in March 1994, funds
received from the Maryland Department of Human Resources were provided
to begin the Young Fathers/Responsible Fathers Program, a comprehensive
program of economic training and parenting classes intended to
encourage and support responsible fatherhood in Baltimore City.
Anthony Williams, now 48, was the program manager since its inception.
An investigation revealed that between December 19, 2001, and February
25, 2004, Anthony Williams caused at least 150 fraudulent checks
to be issued by the State, with the majority of checks made payable
to supposed young fathers participating in the program. The checks
were never given to the program participants named on the checks,
but were fraudulently endorsed and then cashed by Anthony Williams’ sister.
None of the actual fathers named on the checks received any money
when the checks were cashed and none was determined by the State
investigation to be involved in the theft scheme. A few fraudulently
issued checks were made payable to a child/ non- program recipient
and cashed through the bank account of his mother, Anthony Williams’ former
In addition, the Defendant
caused checks (at least 32 of the 150 checks ) to be issued to
his sister or to members of her immediate
family, supposedly for work and services rendered on behalf of
the Young Fathers Program. The State investigation revealed that,
in fact, Williams’ sister was not a paid employee at the
Young Fathers Program and did not perform any services for the
checks received. She has also been charged with felony theft and
awaits arraignment on August 26.
The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Criminal Division
of the Attorney General’s Office and the Maryland State
Police, after referral from the Office of the Inspector General,
Department of Human Resources.