AG Gansler: Glen Burnie Woman Charged with Public Assistance Fraud
Alleged identity thief is former Howard County Social Services worker
Baltimore, MD (May 29, 2014) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler today announced that Tabitha Lynn Morgan, 37, of Glen Burnie, was arrested after being indicted by the Howard County Grand Jury on charges of identity fraud, felony theft scheme and public assistance fraud. Morgan is a former Howard County Department of Social Services employee. An arraignment has been scheduled for June 27.
The charges allege that from June 2011 through May 2012, Morgan assumed the identity of another person in order to receive public assistance. She is also alleged to have stolen over $13,000 from the State and to have committed five counts of public assistance fraud.
Identity theft is punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years' incarceration and a $10,000 fine. Felony theft over $10,000 is punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years' incarceration and a $15,000 fine. Public assistance fraud is punishable by three years' incarceration and a $1,000 fine.
The investigation was conducted by the Attorney General's Criminal Division and the Maryland State Police with assistance from the Office of the Inspector General for the Maryland Department of Human Resources. 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.