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For Immediate Release

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AG Gansler: State Employee who Inflated Hours Sentenced
Baltimore County woman must repay more than $15K


Baltimore, MD ( Jan. 25, 2013) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that former Maryland Transit Administration employee Helen Williams, 53, of Randallstown, was sentenced in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City after pleading guilty in July to one count of Felony Theft Scheme over $10,000. Judge Wanda Keyes Heard sentenced Williams to five years incarceration, all of which was suspended but for 60 days of time served. Williams was also placed on five years of supervised probation and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $15,513 during that time.

"Stealing taxpayer dollars is a serious crime with serious consequences," said Attorney General Gansler. "When state employees lie about how much time they are on the clock, it robs from honest, hardworking public servants and the taxpayers whom they serve."

Between April and October of 2010, Williams fraudulently claimed over 600 hours of overtime and hourly pay on days she was not working. Williams, who had been entrusted with authorization to approve her and her co-workers' time sheets, routinely added bogus overtime hours to her own time sheets in order to steal public funds.

The investigation was conducted by the Attorney General's Criminal Division and the Maryland State Police with assistance from the Maryland Transit Administration Office of Labor and Employee Relations. In making the announcement today, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Megan Davey Limarzi, Maryland State Police Cpl. Sha Brown and Investigative Auditor Steve Lesniewski for their work on the case.

   

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