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A North Beach woman was indicted for ongoing theft of state funds between January 2008 and July 2013 by the Prince George’s County Grand Jury on Tuesday, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced in a press release.
In two separate indictments, Delores Gertrude Jones, 58, a former employee of the Child Support Enforcement Administration — a division of the Maryland Department of Human Resources — is accused of theft over $10,000 as well as theft over $100,000 plus six counts of false entry into the public record, according to the release. An arraignment is scheduled for July 18.
Jones was terminated from her position July 13, 2013, as the result of an investigation conducted by the Maryland Department of Human Resources’ Office of the Inspector General into allegations of theft of governmental resources, according to an official statement from the department.
Being “committed to thoroughly investigating any allegation of employee misconduct,” the department then referred the matter to the Office of the Attorney General for criminal prosecution, the statement continues.
Jones, who worked as the deputy director at the child support office in Temple Hills, is alleged in the first indictment to have stolen more than $25,000 in state funds between March and June 2013, the press release states. The second indictment alleges she stole more than $200,000 of state funds between January 2008 and July 2013, as well as submitted six fraudulent entries into the public record.
“Theft of any sort cannot be tolerated,” the department’s statement reads. “Our mission is to protect vulnerable Maryland children and families, and these allegations have done a great disservice to the thousands of men and women in the Department who work hard everyday[sic] to help the less fortunate among us.”
Felony theft over $10,000 is punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years incarceration and a $15,000 fine, with theft over $100,000 being punishable by 25 years incarceration and a $25,000 fine, according to the press release. Submitting a false entry into a public record is punishable by three years incarceration and a $1,000 fine for each violation.
The release states that a criminal charge is a statement of wrongdoing that the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt.
The indictments come as a result of an investigation conducted by the Attorney General’s Criminal Division and the Maryland State Police with assistance from the Maryland Department of Human Resources’ Office of the Inspector General and the Maryland Child Support Enforcement Administration.
The Maryland Department of Human Resources thanked the Office of the Attorney General for working with it and for agreeing to prosecute the case.