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Bowie woman guilty of stealing from local nonprofit

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Published on: Thursday, November 01, 2012

By Jim Davis

After pleading guilty in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt to fraud and identity theft, a Bowie woman faces up to 20 years in prison and could be fined $250,000.

At a press conference held at the federal courthouse in Greenbelt, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, Special Agent in Charge David Beach of the United States Secret Service - Washington Field Office, and Prince George’s County Chief of Police Mark A. Magaw announced Penny Parker Green, 34, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Green was employed by the ARC of Prince George’s County, which is a nonprofit organization that provides in-home support, daycare and employment services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

According to her plea agreement, from November 2006 to February 2012, Green stole $166,137 from ARC and up to 72 individual group home residents.

Green used three methods to steal the money, according to her plea agreement.

First, Green used her ARC corporate credit card to purchase airfare to Aruba, an island tour and a sunset sail, custom-closet installation for her home, computers, electronics, furniture and other merchandise and services.

Second, Green directed other employees to withdraw cash from residents’ bank accounts for her personal use.

Finally, Green stole petty cash that was intended for the benefit of individual residents, and she used the cash to purchase items for herself.

Green concealed the thefts by submitting paperwork that falsely described the expenditures and then debited individual residents’ ac- counts for the purchases.

Green will be required to pay

restitution of at least $166,137, and forfeit two laptops, three desktop computers, a printer, an XBOX, a Wii, a PlayStation 3 and four high definition televisions.

In addition to a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for wire fraud, Green faces a mandatory two years imprisonment for aggravated identity theft consecutive to any other sentence imposed. U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. scheduled sentencing for 9:30 a.m. March 18.

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