24 Months for Serial Embezzler who Stole From Dentist and then Mayor

Roslyn Wedington, 51, was sentenced to two years in prison for tax fraud in connection with her work at the Maryland Center for Adult Training.

She asked for leniency, saying that she cheated on her taxes because she was overwhelmed by student loans and medical bills and trying to help friends and family. If spared prison time, she said, she could pay back her debt to society.

But federal prosecutors, calling her a “rare fraud recidivist,” noted that she had embezzled $800,000 from a previous job and made little effort to make restitution.

U.S. District Judge Deborah Chasanow noted Wedington’s ability to help people, but said that she had twice taken advantage of a position of authority.

“You have proven you cannot be trusted,” Chasanow said. “Frankly, I have no trouble imposing 24 months.”

Wedington was director of the Maryland Center for Adult Training, where Pugh served on the board of directors. Disgraced for Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh’s aide Gary Brown helped Wedington earn an off-the-books salary so she could avoid paying taxes and wage garnishment for years. She managed to avoid paying $120,000 to the government during that time.

Brown was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for his role in the MCAT scheme, as well as a fraud scheme related to Pugh’s Healthy Holly children’s books. Pugh, meanwhile, is serving a three-year sentence in an Alabama federal prison.

Wedington was convicted in 2004 for stealing $852,000 from a beloved Park Heights dentist while working as his secretary. She presented checks to Dr. Ernest Colvin to sign, then would add a thousand dollars to the amount. Colvin, who has since died, asked at the time for leniency for Wedington, and she was spared jail and asked to pay back $250,000. She made sporadic payments.

Part of Wedington’s salary from MCAT was garnished in 2013 to repay debts. To avoid such garnishments moving forward, she asked Brown to move her “off payroll” at MCAT and instead funnel money directly to her.

According to Wedington’s plea agreement, Brown directed the center’s payroll provider to pay him the amount of her salary — more than $80,000 a year — as an independent contractor. He then gave the money to Wedington in cash. Brown eventually gained authority to write checks from MCAT bank accounts, and started writing Wedington checks directly.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Leo Wise told Chasanow that “fraud was how [Wedington] operated. That’s simply the state of affairs for her.”

Wedington’s attorney, Brandon Mead, said that his client hadn’t splurged on handbags and fancy cars, but was trying to get by.

“Ms. Wedington is one of those individuals who takes on a lot,” Mead told Chasanow.

Wedington apologized, but also blamed others.

That didn’t sit well with Chasanow.

“The fraud in this case was your instigation,” Chasanow said. “You didn’t want to pay taxes, you wanted to have money yourself. There might’ve been good things you did with it. That’s not the point.”

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Kristi Heffington’s Accomplice Convicted; Loses Appeal

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Visitors to our Hall of Shame are probably familiar with the saga of Kristi Heffington.

(The main story on Ms. Heffington is HERE, a story about a friend of Ms. Heffington who was also indicted is HERE, and we placed a business, S.O.S. Dental Experts, for which Ms. Heffington appears to have some involvement, on our watchlist — see story HERE.)

As hard as it is to believe, there is more. A woman named Jami Marie Peterson, also of Maryland, was convicted of theft scheme, conspiracy to commit theft scheme, identity fraud, and conspiracy to commit identity fraud for being Ms. Heffington’s accomplice in various fraud schemes. The court transcripts reveal that Ms. Heffington and Ms. Peterson had made plans to open a bar together and that they needed money to do so. The transcript indicates that Ms. Heffington was the sister of Ms. Peterson’s fiance.

In May 2020, Ms. Peterson’s appeal of her convictions was denied. The appeals judge specifically highlighted that “the trial court indicated that it had the opportunity to observe Ms. Peterson and judge her credibility and that ‘quite honestly I don’t believe a word [she] said’ “.

The appeal judge also highlighted Ms. Peterson’s conflicting statements around her involvement with creating Care Credit accounts used by Ms. Heffington in the perpetuation of her fraud. Ms. Peterson initially denied her involvement in the creation of these accounts but subsequently issued an “affidavit of correction” in which she did confirm her involvement.

Here is the full appeal court decision:

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Another Maryland woman indicted for embezzlement

blank What is is about Maryland these days?  We seem to be seeing an unusual number of embezzlement matters there. Our next “subject” is Cherie Tracey-Shreve, who sometimes goes by Cherie Shreve.  Interestingly, it appears that she knows another Maryland embezzler, Kristi Heffington (read about Kristi HERE).
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Cherie was recently indicted in Maryland.  Here is the text of the indictment:
STATE OF MARYLAND, Prince George’s County, to wit: COUNT 1 THE GRAND JURORS OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND FOR THE BODY OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY ON THEIR OATH DO PRESENT THAT CHERIE LYNN SHREVE, BETWEEN THE DATES OF DECEMBER 4, 2014, AND DECEMBER 19, 2014, DID PRESENT, CAUSE TO BE PRESENTED AND ASSITED IN THE PRESENTATION TO CAREFIRST BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD, AN INSURER, DOCUMENTS AND STATEMENTS MADE IN SUPPORT OF A CLAIM WITH A VALUE GREATER THAN $300 KNOWING THAT THE DOCUMENTS AND STATEMENTS CONTAINED FALSE INFORMATION ABOUT A MATTER MATERIAL TO THE CLAIM, IN VIOLATION OF 27-403 OF THE INSURANCE ARTICLE, AGAINST THE PEACE, GOVERNMENT AND DIGNITY OF THE STATE. (FALSE/MISLEADING INFO FRAUD -$300) COUNT 2 THE GRAND JURORS OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND FOR THE BODY OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY ON THEIR OATH DO PRESENT THAT CHERIE LYNN SHREVE, BETWEEN DECEMBER 4, 2014, AND MARCH 30, 2015, DID CONSPIRE WITH KRISTI HEFFINGTON TO COMMIT INSURANCE FRAUD, AND MORE SPECIFICALLY TO PREPARE FALSE DOCUMENTS AND STATEMENTS TO BE PRESENTED TO CAREFIRST BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD IN REGARDS TO CLAIMS FOR DENTAL BENEFITS WITH A VALUE GREATER THAN $300, IN VIOLATION OF THE COMMON LAW OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, AGAINST THE PEACE, GOVERNMENT AND DIGNITY OF THE STATE. (CONSPIRE TO COMMIT INSURANCE FRAUD) COUNT 3 THE GRAND JURORS OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND FOR THE BODY OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY ON THEIR OATH DO PRESENT THAT CHERIE LYNN SHREVE, BETWEEN THE DATES OF DECEMBER 4, 2014, AND FEBRUARY 4, 2015, PURSUANT TO ONE SCHEME AND CONTINUING COURSE OF CONDUCT, CONSPIRE WITH KRISTI HEFFINGTON TO STEAL CURRENCY OF CAREFIRST BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD HAVING A VALUE OF AT LEAST $10,000 BUT LESS THAN $100,000, IN VIOLATION OF CR 7-104 OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, AGAINST THE PEACE, GOVERNMENT AND DIGNITY OF THE STATE. (CONSPIRE – THEFT-SCHEME: $10,000 TO UNDER $100,000) COUNT 4 THE GRAND JURORS OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND FOR THE BODY OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY ON THEIR OATH DO PRESENT THAT CHERIE LYNN SHREVE ON OR ABOUT THE 19th DAY OF DECEMBER, 2014, DID FORGE, CAUSE TO BE FORGED AND AIDED AND ASSISTED IN THE FORGING OF THE ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE OF DR. RONALD MOSER ON A CLAIM PRESENTED TO CAREFIRST BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD IN VIOLATION OF THE COMMON LAW OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, AGAINST THE PEACE, GOVERNMENT AND DIGNITY OF THE STATE. (FORGERY) COUNT 5 THE GRAND JURORS OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND FOR THE BODY OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY ON THEIR OATH DO PRESENT THAT CHERIE LYNN SHREVE ON OR ABOUT THE 19TH DAY OF DECEMBER, 2014, DID UTTER AND PUBLISH AND ASSIST IN THE UTTERING AND PUBLISHING OF A FORGED SIGNATURE OF DR. RONALD MOSER ON A CLAIM SUBMITTED TO CAREFIRST BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD IN VIOLATION OF THE COMMON LAW OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, AGAINST THE PEACE, GOVERNMENT AND DIGNITY OF THE STATE. (UTTERING A FORGED INSTRUMENT) COUNT 6 THE GRAND JURORS OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND FOR THE BODY OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY ON THEIR OATH DO PRESENT THAT CHERIE LYNN SHREVE ON OR ABOUT THE 19th DAY OF DECEMBER, 2014, DID ASSUME THE IDENTITY OF DR. RONALD MOSER TO FILE CLAIM WITH CAREFIRST BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD, IN VIOLATION OF 8 -301 OF THE CRIMINAL LAW ARTICLE OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, AGAINST THE PEACE, GOVERNMENT AND DIGNITY OF THE STATE. (ASSUMING IDENTITY OF ANOTHER) COUNT 7 THE GRAND JURORS OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND FOR THE BODY OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY ON THEIR OATH DO PRESENT THAT CHERIE LYNN SHREVE ON OR ABOUT THE 22nd DAY OF DECEMBER, 2014, DID STEAL CURRENY OF CAREFIRST BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD HAVING A VALUE OF LESS THAN $1,000 IN VIOLATION OF CR 7-104 OF THE ANNOTATED CODE OF MARYLAND, AGAINST THE PEACE, GOVERNMENT AND DIGNITY OF THE STATE. (THEFT: LESS $1,000 VALUE) ____________________________________ ASSISTANT STATE’S ATTORNEY FOR PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MARYLAND

Maryland’s Kristi Heffington indicted for seventeen offences; pleads guilty to three. Unsuccessfully sues doctor.

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Update April 16, 2020

There are indications that Ms. Heffington is working for, or involved in the ownership of a company providing outsourced dental claims submission and processing.  The full story is here — https://www.prosperident.com/s-o-s-dental-experts-added-to-our-watchlist/ . 

Update September 3, 2019:

Ms. Heffington was recently found to be in breach of her probation conditions.  Her sentence, which was originally 10 years, with all but 9 months suspended, was changed to 10 years, with all but 18 months suspended.  The additional 9 months that is not suspended is to be served in prison, not house arrest.

We understand that Ms. Heffington is appealing.


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Original story:

Former dental office employee Kristi Eunice Heffington has pled guilty to three offences relating to her work in a dental office.

According to court records, she was indicted for seventeen offences including Fraud, Forgery, Assuming the Identity of Another, Conspiring to Commit Insurance Fraud, two counts of Theft Scheme more than $10,000 but less than $100,000, and Fraud in Procuring Issuance of Credit Card.

In the end, Kristi pled guilty to three of the charges for which she was indicted; False/ Misleading Info Fraud (Maryland Code 27-407.1), Identity Fraud (Maryland Code 8-301), and Conspiracy to Commit Identity Fraud (Also 8-301).

For the remaining 14 offences that Kristi was charged with, the disposition was recorded as “nolle pros,”which normally means that the State of Maryland decided not to prosecute on these charges.

Kristi was sentenced to 10 years in prison, of which all but 9 months was suspended, with the 9 month sentence to be served at home with a monitoring system.  She was also ordered to pay restitution of $25,000 to Ron and Anne Moser of Crownsville MD.

Our research indicates that Ms. Heffington continues to work in the dental field.  She may be using the name Kristi Tracey.

In an interesting twist, Kristi and her husband, Matthew Heffington, commenced a lawsuit against the Mosers (presumably the same people who Kristi was ordered to pay restitution in the criminal trial) for defamation and other torts.

Court  reporting of the proceedings states that the Heffingtons “alleged that Dr. Moser and Anne then “conspired to develop a scheme to disparage [Kristi’s] reputation, and to cause injury to her financial, mental, psychological, emotional, and personal well-being, as well as interfere with her own standing as an employee in the dental community.” In furtherance of that conspiracy, the Mosers falsely reported to the police that Kristi had stolen over $3,000 from the Practice; filed a false insurance claim asserting that Kristi had stolen over $100,000 from the Practice; filed a civil action in the District Court of Maryland for Anne Arundel County falsely alleging that Kristi had wrongfully refused to repay a $5,000 loan from Dr. Moser; and called [Matthew’s employer] , and made false allegations about Kristi and false allegations that Matthew had participated in Kristi’s
alleged theft scheme.”

A delay in Kristi’s criminal trial caused the Heffingtons to seek to delay the civil proceedings, on the basis that Kristi’s testimony in her lawsuit against the Mosers might compromise her position in the criminal trial, where she intended to assert her Fifth Amendment rights. Her request to postpone the civil trial was initially denied, but was granted on appeal.  The appeal was then overturned again by the Maryland Court of Appeal, meaning that her lawsuit was unsuccessful

This case has received a bit of attention from legal scholars because of the interplay between the civil and criminal proceedings with respect to preserving Kristi’s right not to self-incriminate in a criminal matter while still allowing her to seek civil recourse against the Mosers n civil court.

The reporting of the appeal makes for interesting reading and is available below.

 

Baltimore Dental Office Manager Sentenced for Felony Theft

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A Fort Washington woman was sentenced to five years of probation and to pay almost $3,000 for stealing money from a medical insurance company by using her employment at a dentist’s office to submit false claims, prosecutors said.

Randii Lei Adams, 43, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one count of felony theft Thursday for falsifying insurance claims to Ameritas Life Insurance Corporation worth a total of $5,810, according to information from the Maryland Attorney General.

From February 2005 until June 2006, Adams worked as an office manager at Health Professionals Inc. in Fort Washington. While employed at the dental practice, Adams filed false insurance claims using names of her family members and then had them cash the checks they received and pay her a portion of the money from the check, prosecutors said.

Adams was ordered to pay $1,800 in restitution and a $1,105 fine.

Her attorney, Brian Bregman, said Adams had already paid some of the money back prior to her sentencing, which is why she was not required to pay back the entire amount.

“She took responsibility and is going to make restitution and try to make things right,” Bregman said.

Bregman added there was another person of interest in the case but could not provide further details.

The Attorney General’s office did not respond to questions about whether the family members who received money from Adams also are facing charges.

Randii had several prior convictions dating back to 1998.


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Maryland office manager convicted of wire fraud for $407k

blankGreenbelt, Maryland – Michelle Rampersad, age 31, of Frederick, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to wire fraud in connection with a three year scheme to fraudulently endorse her employer’s insurance reimbursement checks and deposit the checks for her own benefit, including gambling expenses, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to her plea agreement, Rampersad worked at a dental practice located in Greenbelt, Maryland, and was responsible for logging in reimbursement checks from insurance carriers and preparing the checks for deposit into the office bank account. Beginning at least in March 2004, Rampersad fraudulently endorsed the checks to herself, using a prescription stamp bearing the name of the dental practice to make it appear as if the checks had been endorsed by the dental practice to Rampersad. She deposited the checks into her personal bank account. She failed to log the checks into the office accounting system in an effort to conceal the fraud.

Under this scheme, from March 2004 to August 2007, Rampersad fraudulently endorsed approximately 184 checks totaling $400,954.04 and used the funds for her own benefit, including gambling expenses.

Rampersad faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. has scheduled sentencing for December 5, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. As part of her plea agreement, Rampersad has agreed to pay restitution for the full amount of the loss.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for its investigative work and commended Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan C. Su, who is prosecuting the case.


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Finksburg, MD woman charged with stealing $60,000 from dentist

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A Finksburg woman is facing six charges after allegedly stealing more than $60,000 from her employer by paying herself for overtime hours she never worked and making personal purchases on a business credit card.

Tiffany Ann Collins, 30, of the 3000 block of Old Westminster Pike, has been charged with three counts of theft scheme $10,000 to under $100,000, two counts of theft less than $1,000 and one count of theft scheme $1,000 to under $10,000.

Collins is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center without bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on May 8.

On Aug. 7, Maryland State troopers responded to a dental office in the 1000 block of Washington Road in Westminster for a report of a theft scheme.

The owner of the office told the police that she recently discovered Collins, who worked as the office’s manager since July 2009, had been paying herself for overtime hours she didn’t work.

When the owner confronted Collins about it, Collins claimed it was a mistake, according to court documents.

The owner then attempted to review statements for a business credit card that was issued to Collins, but found most of the statements missing from the file. The ones that the owner could locate showed purchases unrelated to business for expenses such as television and cellphone accounts.

Police then obtained a handwritten statement from one of Collins’ co-workers who said Collins asked to come over to talk on Aug. 5.

Collins told her co-worker that the office’s owner found out Collins had been paying herself for overtime hours not worked, but didn’t think that the owner knew that Collins had been paying her BGE and television bills through the office, according to court records.

The co-worker said Collins also told her that when purchasing business supplies at stores such as Target, she would also buy personal supplies without telling the owner or paying the office back.

When interviewed by police, Collins said she paid herself for overtime hours not worked because she felt she worked those hours due to business-related phone calls and time spent at the office after hours, according to court documents.

She also admitted using the business credit card for BGE and several other bills as her money got tight.

The total amount that Collins allegedly stole from the dental office is $60,894.40 over a seven-month period, according to court documents.


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Collins has a lengthy arrest record including numerous driving expenses and a breach of probation.  Here is the court record from her embezzlement trial:

Circuit Court of Maryland
Case Information
Court System: Circuit Court for Carroll County – Criminal System
Case Number: 06K12042469
Title: State of Maryland vs Tiffany Ann Collins
Case Type: Information Filing Date:03/08/2012
Case Status: Closed/Inactive
Case Disposition: Guilty Disposition Date:06/21/2012

Defendant Information

(Each Alias, Address, and Attorney for the Defendant is displayed)

Name: Collins, Tiffany Ann
Race: Caucasian
Sex: FHeight:Weight:0DOB:01/21/1982
Address: 3043 Old Westminster Pike
City: FinksburgState:MDZip Code:21048
Address: 1385 N. Main Street
City: HampsteadState:MDZip Code:21074
Attorney(s) for the Defendant
Name: Hecker, Esq, Fred S
Appearance Date: 07/26/2012
Removal Date: 07/14/2014
Practice Name: Miller & Hecker LLC
Address: 75 East Main St
City: WestminsterState:MDZip Code:21157 – 5026
Name: Bauhof, Esq, W Bradley
Appearance Date: 05/21/2015
Practice Name:  
Address: 2333 Baltimore Boulevard
City: FinksburgState:MDZip Code:21048

Court Scheduling Information
Event Type: Arraignment/Initial Appearance Notice Date:
Event Date: 03/14/2012Event Time:01:30 PM
Result: Cancelled/Vacated Result Date:03/14/2012

Event Type: Bail review Notice Date:
Event Date: 03/14/2012Event Time:01:30 PM
Result: Held/Concluded Result Date:03/14/2012

Event Type: Criminal Pre-Trial Conference Notice Date:
Event Date: 05/03/2012Event Time:08:59 AM
Result: Held off the Record Result Date:05/04/2012

Event Type: Criminal Court Trial Notice Date:
Event Date: 05/08/2012Event Time:09:00 AM
Result: Postponed Result Date:03/16/2012

Event Type: Criminal Pre-Trial Conference Notice Date:
Event Date: 05/22/2012Event Time:09:00 AM
Result: Postponed/Reset Result Date:04/16/2012

Event Type: Criminal Pre-Trial Conference Notice Date:
Event Date: 05/23/2012Event Time:09:00 AM
Result: Held off the Record Result Date:05/23/2012

Event Type: Criminal Motions Notice Date:
Event Date: 05/29/2012Event Time:09:00 AM
Result: Postponed Result Date:05/29/2012

Event Type: Criminal Jury Trial Notice Date:
Event Date: 06/20/2012Event Time:09:00 AM
Result: Cancelled/Vacated Result Date:06/15/2012

Event Type: Plea Hearing Notice Date:
Event Date: 06/21/2012Event Time:09:00 AM
Result: Held/Concluded Result Date:06/21/2012

Event Type: Arraignment/Initial Appearance Notice Date:
Event Date: 05/21/2015Event Time:01:30 PM
Result: Cancelled/Vacated Result Date:05/21/2015

Event Type: Bail review Notice Date:
Event Date: 05/21/2015Event Time:01:30 PM
Result: Held/Concluded Result Date:05/21/2015

Event Type: Violation of Probation Hearing Notice Date:
Event Date: 07/13/2015Event Time:09:00 AM
Result: Held/Concluded Result Date:07/13/2015

Charge and Disposition Information

(Each Charge is listed separately. The disposition is listed below the Charge)

Charge No: 1CJIS Code:1 0633Statute Code:CR.7.104
Charge Description: Theft-Scheme: $10,000 To Under $100,000
Offense Date From: 01/01/2010To: 08/01/2010
Arrest Tracking No: 07-7006-00085-3Citation:
Charge Amend No: 0Sentence Version:0Charge Class:F

Disposition

Plea: Not Guilty with agreement, statement of facts. Plea Date:06/21/2012
Disposition: Guilty Disposition Date:06/21/2012

Jail

Life/Death:  
Jail Term: Yrs:6Mos:0Days:0Hours:0
Suspended Term: Yrs:5Mos:8Days:21Hours:0
UnSuspended Term: Yrs:0Mos:3Days:9Hours:0
Jail Text: 6 Years DOC Suspend all but 100 days CCDC (10 days of incarceration and balance to be served on Home Detention thru CCDC). Defendant to report to CCDC on 7/12/12 at 9:00a.m.

Probation

Probation: Yrs:Mos:Days:Hours:
Supervised : Yrs:5Mos:0Days:0Hours:0
UnSupervised : Yrs:0Mos:0Days:0Hours:0

Fine

Fine Amt: 0Fine Suspended Amt:0Fine Due:First Pmt Due:

Community Work Service

Hours: Complete By:
Report To:  
Report Date:  

Charge No: 2CJIS Code:1 0633Statute Code:CR.7.104
Charge Description: Theft-Scheme: $10,000 To Under $100,000
Offense Date From: 01/01/2010To: 08/01/2010
Arrest Tracking No: 07-7006-00085-3Citation:
Charge Amend No: 0Sentence Version:0Charge Class:F

Disposition

Plea: Plea Date:
Disposition: Nolle Prosequi Disposition Date:06/21/2012

Charge No: 3CJIS Code:1 0632Statute Code:CR.7.104
Charge Description: Theft-Scheme: $1000 To Under $10,000
Offense Date From: 01/01/2010To: 08/01/2010
Arrest Tracking No: 07-7006-00085-3Citation:
Charge Amend No: 0Sentence Version:0Charge Class:F

Disposition

Plea: Plea Date:
Disposition: Nolle Prosequi Disposition Date:06/21/2012

Charge No: 4CJIS Code:1 0633Statute Code:CR.7.104
Charge Description: Theft-Scheme: $10,000 To Under $100,000
Offense Date From: 01/01/2010To: 08/01/2010
Arrest Tracking No: 07-7006-00085-3Citation:
Charge Amend No: 0Sentence Version:0Charge Class:F

Disposition

Plea: Plea Date:
Disposition: Nolle Prosequi Disposition Date:06/21/2012

Charge No: 5CJIS Code:1 0621Statute Code:CR.7.104
Charge Description: Theft: Less $1,000 Value
Offense Date From: 01/01/2010To: 08/01/2010
Arrest Tracking No: 07-7006-00085-3Citation:
Charge Amend No: 0Sentence Version:0Charge Class:M

Disposition

Plea: Plea Date:
Disposition: Nolle Prosequi Disposition Date:06/21/2012

Charge No: 6CJIS Code:1 0621Statute Code:CR.7.104
Charge Description: Theft: Less $1,000 Value
Offense Date From: 01/01/2010To: 08/01/2010
Arrest Tracking No: 07-7006-00085-3Citation:
Charge Amend No: 0Sentence Version:0Charge Class:M

Disposition

Plea: Plea Date:
Disposition: Nolle Prosequi Disposition Date:06/21/2012

Sentencing Net Totals
Serve Time: Yrs:0Mos:3Days:9Hours:0
Probation : Yrs:5Mos:0Days:0Hours:0
Fine Amount: 0Fine Due Date:CWS Hours:0Credit Time Served:0

Judgment Information
MONEY RESTITUTION
ORIGINAL RESTITUTION
Judgment Against:
Collins, Tiffany Ann
Judgment in Favor of:
CNA,
Judgment Entered Date: 06/21/2012 Other Fee: $0.00
Amount of Judgment: $10,000.00 Service Fee: $0.00
PreJudgment Interest: $0.00 Witness Fee: $0.00
Appearance Fee: $0.00 Attorney Fee: $0.00
Filing Fee: $0.00 Total Indexed Judgment: $10,000.00

Related Person Information

(Each Person related to the case other than the Defendant is shown)

Name:Lexington National Insurance Corp
Party Type:Bond Remitter/Bondsman
Address:P.O. Box 6098
City: Lutherville State:MDZip Code:21094

Name:DeCorse, Bondsman, Deborah
Party Type:Bond Remitter/Bondsman
Address:205 Eastern Blvd
City: Baltimore State:MDZip Code:21094

Name:Pretrial Services
Party Type:Interested Party
Address:211 Greenwood Ave
City: Westminster State:MDZip Code:21157

Name:State Of Maryland
Party Type:Plaintiff
City: State:Zip Code:

Attorney(s) for the Related Person
Name: DeLeonardo, Esq, Brian L
Appearance Date: 12/01/2014
Address: 55 North Court Street
City: Westminster State:MDZip Code:21157
Name: Barnes, Esq, Jerry F
Removal Date: 12/01/2014
Address: 55 North Court Street
City: Westminster State:MDZip Code:21157

Name:CNA
Party Type:Restitution Payee
Address:1249 South River Road
Address:3rd Floor
City: Cranbury State:NJZip Code:08512

Name:Rowe, Holly
Party Type:Probation Agent
Address:Parole And Probation
Address:101 N Court Street
City: Westminster State:MDZip Code:21157

Document Tracking

(Each Document listed. Documents are listed in Motion No./Sequence No. order)

Doc No./Seq No.: 1/0
File Date: 03/08/2012Entered Date:03/08/2012
Document Name: Criminal Information
   

Doc No./Seq No.: 2/0
File Date: 03/09/2012Entered Date:03/09/2012
Party Type: Defendant Party No.:1
Document Name: Bench Warrant Issued
   

Doc No./Seq No.: 3/0
File Date: 03/13/2012Entered Date:03/13/2012
Document Name: Sealed/Secret Status Removed on 03/13/12
   

Doc No./Seq No.: 4/0
File Date: 03/13/2012Entered Date:03/13/2012
Document Name: Criminal Notice of Hearing/Trial Issued
   

Doc No./Seq No.: 5/0
File Date: 03/13/2012Entered Date:03/13/2012
Document Name: Sheriff’s Return – Warrant
   

Doc No./Seq No.: 7/0
File Date: 03/14/2012Entered Date:03/15/2012
Party Type: DefendantParty No.:1
Document Name: Defense Attorney Appearance Filed
  Fred S Hecker

Doc No./Seq No.: 8/0
File Date: 03/14/2012Entered Date:03/15/2012
Document Name: Pre-Trial Services Bail Review Report (Confidential)
   

Doc No./Seq No.: 9/0
File Date: 03/14/2012Entered Date:03/15/2012
Document Name: Commitment Pending Further Action Issued
   

Doc No./Seq No.: 10/0
File Date: 03/14/2012Entered Date:03/15/2012
Document Name: Bail Bond Set ($10,000 unsecured)
   

Doc No./Seq No.: 10/1
File Date: 03/15/2012Entered Date:03/15/2012
Document Name: Bail Bond – Unsecured
   

Doc No./Seq No.: 11/0
File Date: 03/14/2012Entered Date:03/15/2012
Document Name: Release from Commitment Issued
   

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Document Name: Order for Pre-Trial Conference
   

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PARTIES:
Barnes, Jerry, Esq
Hecker, Fred, Esq

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Document Name: State’s Discovery Pursuant to Rule 4-263
   

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File Date: 04/13/2012Entered Date:04/16/2012
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File Date: 04/16/2012Entered Date:04/16/2012
Document Name: Criminal Notice of Hearing/Trial Issued
  Event: Criminal Pre-Trial Conference, Scheduled: 05/03/2012, Time: 09:00AM
PARTIES:
Barnes, Jerry, Esq
Hecker, Fred, Esq

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File Date: 04/25/2012Entered Date:04/26/2012
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Document Name: State’s Continuing Discovery
   

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File Date: 05/04/2012Entered Date:05/04/2012
Document Name: Pre-Trial Conference Results
   

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File Date: 05/17/2012Entered Date:05/17/2012
Document Name: Criminal Notice of Hearing/Trial Issued
  Event: Criminal Pre-Trial Conference, Scheduled: 05/23/2012, Time: 09:00AM
PARTIES:
Barnes, Jerry, Esq
Hecker, Fred, Esq

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File Date: 05/23/2012Entered Date:05/23/2012
Document Name: Pre-Trial Conference Results
   

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Document Name: PreTrial Services Supervision Summary
   

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Party Type: Defendant Party No.:1
Document Name: Criminal Notice of Hearing/Trial Issued
   

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File Date: 06/15/2012Entered Date:06/15/2012
Document Name: Criminal Notice of Hearing/Trial Issued
  Event: Plea Hearing, Scheduled: 06/21/2012, Time: 09:00AM
PARTIES:
Barnes, Jerry, Esq
Collins, Tiffany
Hecker, Fred, Esq

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Document Name: PreTrial Services Supervision Summary
   

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Party Type: Defendant Party No.:1
Document Name: Waiver of Rights
   

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Document Name: Commitment Pending Further Action Issued
   

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Document Name: Commitment Record Issued
   

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Party Type: Defendant Party No.:1
Document Name: Attorney Appearance Terminated
  Fred S Hecker

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Document Name: Motion for Modification of Sentence
   

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Document Name: Answer to Defendant’s Motion for Modification of Sentence
   

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Document Name: Order that modification be held sub-curia pending hearing request. CC:SAO and
  Atty Hecker

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File Date: 07/26/2012Entered Date:08/06/2012
Party Type: Defendant Party No.:1
Document Name: Defense Attorney Appearance Filed
  Fred S Hecker

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Party Type: Probation Agent Party No.:1
Document Name: Supervision Summary Informative New Arrest
   

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Document Name: Order of Court: No action at this time pending adjudication of the new charges
  CC: SAO, P&P, Deft

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Document Name: Order of Court to issue no bond bench warrant
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Document Name: Bench Warrant Issued
   

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File Date: 05/21/2015Entered Date:05/21/2015
Document Name: Criminal Notice of Hearing/Trial Issued
  Event: Arraignment/Initial Appearance, Scheduled: 05/21/2015, Time: 01:30PM
PARTIES:
State Of Maryland,

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File Date: 05/21/2015Entered Date:05/21/2015
Document Name: Criminal Notice of Hearing/Trial Issued
  Event: Bail review, Scheduled: 05/21/2015, Time: 01:30PM
PARTIES:
State Of Maryland,

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File Date: 05/21/2015Entered Date:05/21/2015
Document Name: Criminal Notice of Hearing/Trial Issued
  Event: Violation of Probation Hearing, Scheduled: 07/13/2015, Time: 09:00AM
PARTIES:
Rowe, Holly
DeLeonardo, Brian, Esq
Collins, Tiffany

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File Date: 05/21/2015Entered Date:05/21/2015
Document Name: Sheriff’s Return – Warrant Served on May 20, 2015
   

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File Date: 05/21/2015Entered Date:05/21/2015
Document Name: Notice to the Warden
   

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File Date: 05/21/2015Entered Date:05/21/2015
Document Name: Bail Bond Set at $5000 fully secured
   

Doc No./Seq No.: 59/1
File Date: 05/21/2015Entered Date:05/26/2015
Party Type: Bond Remitter/Bondsman Party No.:1
Document Name: Bail Bond Posted/Professional
  Filed by BND001-DeCorse, BND002-Lexington National Insurance Corp

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File Date: 05/21/2015Entered Date:05/21/2015
Party Type: Defendant Party No.:1
Document Name: Defense Attorney Appearance Filed
  W B Bauhof

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File Date: 05/21/2015Entered Date:05/21/2015
Document Name: Pre-Trial Services Bail Review Report
   

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File Date: 05/21/2015Entered Date:05/21/2015
Document Name: Release from Commitment Issued
   

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File Date: 05/21/2015Entered Date:05/21/2015
Party Type: Bond Remitter/Bondsman Party No.:1
Document Name: Affidavit of Surety Issued
   

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File Date: 05/26/2015Entered Date:05/26/2015
Document Name: Criminal Notice of Hearing/Trial Issued
  Event: Violation of Probation Hearing, Scheduled: 07/13/2015, Time: 09:00AM
PARTIES:
Pretrial Services,
DeCorse, Deborah, Bondsman
Lexington National Insurance Corp,

Doc No./Seq No.: 65/0
File Date: 05/26/2015Entered Date:05/26/2015
Document Name: Order for PreTrial/Hearing Supervision CC: SAO, DEF, DEF ATTY, PTS
   

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File Date: 05/26/2015Entered Date:05/26/2015
Document Name: Defense Attorney Entry of Appearance Filed – W. Bradley Bauhof, Esquire
   

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File Date: 05/26/2015Entered Date:05/26/2015
Party Type: Defendant Party No.:1
Document Name: Defendant’s Request for Discovery and Motion to Produce Documents
   

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File Date: 05/27/2015Entered Date:05/27/2015
Document Name: Criminal Notice of Hearing/Trial Issued
  Event: Violation of Probation Hearing, Scheduled: 07/13/2015, Time: 09:00AM
PARTIES:
Bauhof, W, Esq

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File Date: 06/05/2015Entered Date:06/05/2015
Party Type: Plaintiff Party No.:1
Document Name: Correspondence (Re: Discovery)
   

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File Date: 07/13/2015Entered Date:07/13/2015
Document Name: Supervision Summary
   

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Assistant’s life sentence reduced to 40 years in killing of Maryland dentist

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Life sentence cut to 40 years in death of Glen Burnie dentist

Reduction in Ro case part of sealed plea agreement

May 02, 2013|By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun
Nearly seven years after she admitted that she plotted to have her boss killed in his Glen Burnie office to cover up thefts from his dental practice, Shontay Joyner Hickman had her life sentence reduced Thursday to 40 years in prison for testifying against her cousin. The reduction, in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, was part of a sealed plea agreement in which Hickman, 38, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty last year to first-degree murder in the slaying of Dr. Albert Woonho Ro, who hailed from a family well-known in the area’s Korean-American community. Hickman said she brought Jeter and two men she did not know to Ro’s office. Police said they found Jeter’s DNA on a toothbrush box there. No one else has been charged. An assistant in Dr. Ro’s office, Hickman admitted she siphoned more than $17,000 from his practice.
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Content retrieved from Assistant’s life sentence reduced to 40 years in killing of Glen Burnie dentist – tribunedigital-baltimoresun __________ ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)—A well-liked Anne Arundel County dentist was murdered in his own office. His assistant admits hiring a hitman to commit the crime. Now that man is on trial. That assistant who hired the hitman is now the state’s star witness. She’s expected to testify against the hitman, who is also a member of her family. In 2006, Dr. Albert Ro was bludgeoned to death. Police found the popular Glen Burnie dentist inside his office, stabbed 39 times and beaten beyond recognition. “Shock. I think we were having a nightmare. This is unbelievable. The family is traumatized,” said Ro’s loved one. A grand jury indictment says Ro was killed at the hands of 25-year-old Dante Jeter, whose trial is underway. Jurors are expected to hear testimony against him from his own cousin, 37-year-old Shontay Hickman. Three months ago, the state’s star witness pleaded guilty to murder in the case. Hickman, Ro’s former receptionist, says she paid Jeter $1,000 to kill her boss. The motive was cash. Hickman confessed to embezzling $17,000 from Ro. Worried about getting caught, she ordered a hit. On Tuesday a bank fraud investigator poured through records, showing Hickman withdrew money right after the beating to pay Jeter. Hickman agreed to take the witness stand in exchange for a shorter sentence, 40 years in jail. Hickman is expected to testify first thing Wednesday morning. Police believe there were two others involved in the attack. If Hickman reveals more information about who they are, her sentence could be reduced even more, to 30 years. This case sat cold for four years until police found a fingerprint at the scene, linking them to Jeter.

Appeals court affirms conviction for 2006 murder of Glen Burnie dentist

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has affirmed the conviction of a Baltimore man serving two life sentences for the murder of a Glen Burnie dentist in 2006. Dante Jeter, 27, asked the state’s second highest court to look at the admissibility of expert fingerprint analysis testimony, jury instructions and autopsy photographs that were admitted during his trial in Anne Arundel Circuit Court. But the Court of Special Appeals wrote in its opinion that the trial court did not err, and affirmed Jeter’s conviction. A county jury in 2012 convicted Jeter of first-degree felony murder, first-degree murder, second-degree murder, second-degree burglary, robbery, and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder for the death of Dr. Albert Ro in his Crain Highway offices on Sept. 26, 2006.

Investigators said Jeter’s cousin, Shontay Hickman, 40, of Baltimore, was a dental assistant for Ro and had embezzled more than $17,000 from his practice. Fearing Ro had learned of the scheme, Hickman offered Jeter $1,000 to kill him, investigators said.

Ro was beaten to death, but investigators didn’t immediately charge Jeter or Hickman with his murder. In July 2008, a detective who was new to the case spoke to Ro’s wife, who said she remembered her husband mentioning something about missing insurance checks. Police used cell phone records and a latent fingerprint found in the office to tie Hickman and Jeter to Ro’s murder. Jeter was sentenced to two consecutive terms of life in prison, the first without the possibility of parole, plus two consecutive fifteen-year terms for the burglary and robbery convictions. Hickman testified against Jeter in exchange for a lighter sentence. She ultimately pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with all but 40 years suspended.
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