MVA clerk pleads guilty to theft of fine Motorist was told to pay $813 twice

April 02, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A 25-year-old clerk at the Motor Vehicle Administration pleaded guilty to theft yesterday for keeping money brought in by a motorist paying a fine.

Isaiah Johnson, of the 1300 block of Roosevelt St. in Annapolis, was placed on probation for five years after admitting to one count of felony theft before Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr.

Judge Thieme agreed to grant Johnson probation before judgment, meaning the conviction is immediately cleared from his record and will remain cleared unless he violates probation.

Assistant State's Attorney William C. Mulford II said charges were filed after Earl E. Mundell of Hanover went to the MVA's Glen Burnie facility on Jan. 13, 1992, and used cash to pay a $813 fine for allowing his car insurance to lapse. Mr. Mundell was given an FR-24 form, which he assumed was a receipt but was a document stating his insurance had been renewed.

Three weeks later, Mr. Mundell returned to the MVA because he had received a notice in the mail saying the money was still owed. He complained to MVA officials, who turned the complaint over to state police, Mr. Mulford said.

A police handwriting expert said Johnson's signature on the FR-24 form matched Johnson's handwriting and that Johnson matched Mr. Mundell's description of the clerk who provided it.

L Payment was never recorded in MVA records, Mr. Mulford said.

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