Former NIH employee sentenced to 6 months in prison, 6 months home detention -- Gazette.Net


Tamia McCoy, 33, of Germantown was sentenced Nov. 30 to six months in prison for using a government credit card to buy more than $100,000 in luxury goods and services while working at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.

McCoy also faces six months home detention as part of three years of supervised release, 100 hours of community service, and an order to pay restitution of approximately $106,100 for theft of government property and money, acccording to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland.

Beginning in November 2007, McCoy was employed at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases as a purchasing agent and procurement analyst. McCoy was issued a government credit card to purchase goods and services for official use, but between May and December 2011 she used two government-issued credit cards to buy goods and services for her personal use, according to the press release.

McCoy’s purchases included 119 iPads, designer perfume, a clutch bag, a queen-size mattress set, house cleaning and cell phone service, according to the press release. She kept some items for personal use and resold others in the Internet, according to the release.

To avoid detection, she falsified documents and disputed some of the charges with the credit card issuer, falsely claiming that she had not purchased the items in question, according to the release. The loss to the government from McCoy’s unauthorized purchases was $106,096.09.