While Maryland's comptroller and treasurer were busy keeping tabs on taxpayers' money, someone was stealing some of those officials' personal funds.
The thief stole more than $300 in cash that Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein had left in a bag in his private bathroom at the State Treasury Building in Annapolis, according to District Court documents filed in Annapolis.
The Goldstein theft occurred on Feb. 19. The next day a thief took $80 from a handbag that Treasurer Lucille Maurer had left in her office in the same building, court documents say.
Maurer said she and Goldstein had not been in their offices at the times of the thefts. Maurer said she later happened to check her purse and noticed that her money was missing.
Police have charged L'Tanya E. Cox, 26, of Fleet Street in Annapolis, with two counts of theft in connection with the incidents. Cox was a member of the building cleaning crew.
After the theft was discovered, criminal background checks were run on various employees of the janitorial company that worked on contract at the Treasury Building.
Cox does not have a previous criminal record, according to the Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office. But the checks revealed that some of the other workers did have criminal records, said Assistant State Comptroller Robert L. Swann.
"The issue is, when people are accepted as part of a cleaning crew, do they have to have any kind of clearance?" Maurer said.
State officials have begun requiring janitorial companies that bid for contracts to clean state offices to check their employees' backgrounds, said Joseph Harrison, a spokesman for the Department of General Services. The state already conducts background checks when hiring treasury employees, Swann said.