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For Immediate Release

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David Paulson, 410-576-6357
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AG Gansler Secures Guilty Verdict Against Former MVA Employee
Frederick woman found guilty of conspiracy theft of $87,474

Baltimore, MD (March 26, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that former Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) employee Joann E. Fleishell, 53, of Frederick, was found guilty of Conspiracy to Commit Theft over $500 by Frederick County Circuit Court Judge Julie Stevenson Solt. Between Jan. 5, 2007 and Oct. 10, 2008, Fleishell conspired to steal $87,474 while employed at the Frederick County branch of the MVA. Sentencing has been scheduled for May 4.

"This office aggressively pursues cases like this and we trust it sends a loud and clear message," said Attorney General Gansler. "Stealing from the taxpayers will not be tolerated and we will seek justice on their behalf."

Fleishell, an assistant manager at the Frederick MVA branch, operated a program that enabled customers to pay cash for their registration renewals during busy periods at the MVA. Such transactions would therefore be processed more quickly. Fleishell did not record customers' cash payments in the MVA's financial system for 613 transactions that she processed.

The scheme was originally uncovered by the Motor Vehicle Administration Investigation and Security Services Division. Upon referral, an investigation was conducted by the Office of the Attorney General's Criminal Division and the Maryland State Police.

Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Rakesh Patel, Investigative Auditor Harry Schulz and Corporal Sha Brown of the Maryland State Police for their work on the case.

   

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