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For Immediate Release

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David Paulson, 410-576-6357

Former Frederick MVA Employee Sentenced for Theft of $87,474
AG Gansler secured guilty verdict in March for ongoing scheme

Baltimore, MD (May 4, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that former Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) employee Joann E. Fleishell, 53, of Frederick, was sentenced to 6 years behind bars with all but 6 months suspended, ordered to pay $87,474 in restitution and was placed on 5 years supervised probation. In March, Frederick County Circuit Court Judge Julie Stevenson Solt found Fleishell guilty of Conspiracy to Commit Theft over $500.

"I'm pleased that Maryland taxpayers will be made whole again as part of a sentence that sends the right message," said Attorney General Gansler. "If you steal from the public, my office will seek justice on their behalf."

Fleishell, as 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 thefts took place between January 5, 2007 and Oct. 10, 2008 and were 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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