Four women plead guilty to theft of $10,000 in checks

January 07, 2000|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Four women, including a mailroom employee of an Anne Arundel County check printing firm, have pleaded guilty to stealing at least $10,000 by cashing checks stolen from the business.

The women pleaded guilty Wednesday in Baltimore District Court, said postal inspector Tom Boyle.

Boyle said that an employee of Data Search Inc., in the 7300 block of Ritchie Highway, stole 25 paychecks and billing checks bound for various companies and gave them to three other women.

"The checks ranged in amounts between $1,500 to $70," he said.

The other women then typed "in care of" and their names after the names of the firms that appeared on the checks and cashed them at check-cashing businesses and liquor stores in Baltimore over a period of three months, Boyle said. They did the same with the paychecks.

When the companies for which the checks were intended reported they had not received them, Data Search notified postal inspectors, who traced the checks to the check-cashing businesses and identified the women from photos taken when the checks were cashed, Boyle said.

He said the women were served with criminal summonses in December that ordered them to appear in court Wednesday.

Sureyya Demir, 34, a Data Search employee who lives in the 7900 block of Cross Creek Drive in Glen Burnie, was fined $4,000, given an eight-year suspended sentence, placed on probation for four years and ordered to perform 500 hours of community service, Boyle said. Demir did not cash any of the checks, he said.

Valerie Marie Smith, 34, of the 100 block of S. Calverton Road in Southwest Baltimore received a 36-month suspended sentence and four years' probation and was ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution, Boyle said.

Tammy Richardson, 34, of the 2200 block of Wilkens Ave. in Southwest Baltimore received a four-year suspended sentence and four years' probation and was ordered to pay $3,600 in restitution and perform 300 hours of community service, Boyle said.

Valerie Chester, 34, also of the 100 block of S. Calverton Road, received a 36-month suspended sentence and four years' probation and was ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution and perform 300 hours of community service.

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