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For Immediate Release

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Raquel Guillory, 410-576-6357

Former UMBC Employee Convicted of Theft

BALTIMORE, MD ( Dec. 21, 2010) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Francis P. Nunoo-Quarcoo, former director of the Visual Arts Department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), pled guilty in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County to stealing $9,800 from the University.  Sentencing is scheduled for May 25, 2010. 

                The investigation revealed that Nunoo-Quarcoo created fictitious invoices representing that Main Street Oriental Rugs, a business in Ellicott City, rendered services for the repair of UMBC silk screening equipment.  In fact, no such services were rendered.  Nunoo-Quarcoo created the fictitious invoices in order to obtain oriental rugs for his Catonsville residence.  After creating the fictitious invoices for equipment repair, Nunoo-Quarcoo used his authority as a director to approve payment.  His approval of the fake invoices caused the State to issue two checks totaling $9,800 to Main Street Oriental Rugs.  Main Street Oriental Rugs had no knowledge of the theft scheme and assisted in the investigation.         
The case was prosecuted by the Attorney General's Criminal Division following a joint investigation with the Maryland State Police and the UMBC Police Force.  In making today's announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Kate O'Donnell for her work on the case.  Statement of Fact here.


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