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For Immediate Release

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David Paulson, 410-576-6357
dpaulson@oag.state.md.us

Former DNR Employee Charged with Felony Theft
Unauthorized use of state purchasing card alleged

BALTIMORE, MD ( Oct. 27, 2011) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that former Maryland Department of Natural Resources employee Tabitha Y. Contee , 39,  of Upper Marlboro, has been indicted on one count of Felony Theft Scheme by the Anne Arundel County Grand Jury.  An arraignment date has been set for October 31, 2011.

The charges allege that between May 2, 2007 and December 17, 2009, Contee made over $46,000 in unauthorized, personal purchases using her state-issued corporate purchasing card.

Felony theft scheme over $10,000 but under $100,000 is punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years incarceration and a $15,000 fine.  The investigation, originally uncovered by the Office of Legislative Audits and referred to the Attorney General, was conducted by the Attorney General's Criminal Division and the Maryland State Police.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation of wrongdoing and the defendant is presumed innocent unless the State proves his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

   

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