Ex-benefits administrator gets 2-year term in jail He embezzled $53,000 from 2 clients in state.

May 13, 1991

Terry D. Lentz, an administrator of employee benefits for several Maryland small businesses, has been sentenced to two years in jail for embezzling $53,000 from clients in 1988 and 1989.

In March, Lentz, 44, pleaded guilty to embezzling $47,000 from Browne, Worral & Johnson Inc., a Baltimore architectural firm, and $6,000 from Industrial Service Contractors, a specialty contractor.

Baltimore City Circuit Judge Kenneth Lavon Johnson last week, ordered Lentz to pay restitution to the two companies. Lentz also was given five years' probation, which could be extended for as long as it takes him to repay the money, said the Maryland attorney general's office.

Lentz's company, Small Business Benefits Administration, sold health plans to small businesses. Lentz was to distribute money collected from the companies to health-care providers such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Maryland and Columbia Freestate. However, he spent the money on personal expenses such as boat mooring fees, limousines and rent for an apartment.

The attorney general's office said Lentz was charged after the health-care providers notified his clients that insurance for their employees had been suspended for lack of payment.

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