Ex-hospital employee gets jail time for fraud scheme

November 15, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A former Howard County General Hospital employee who asked a co-worker to punch his time card for overtime shifts he never worked - stealing more than $12,000 from the hospital - was sentenced yesterday to 12 weekends in the county jail.

Timothy T. Sank Jr., 35, of the first block of Melville Road in Pasadena was the instigator in the scheme and involved his co-defendant, Glenn S. Hoover, 37, of Glen Burnie, first by asking Hoover to punch his time card, prosecutors said. Sank later persuaded Hoover to take money using the same scheme, prosecutors said.

A payroll audit found that Sank punched in for 74 overtime shifts he never worked and Hoover punched in for 38. The hospital paid about $18,000 for the fake shifts, prosecutor Lynn Marshall said.

The thefts were discovered after a nurse manager saw Hoover had punched in for a shift he never worked, Marshall said.

Both men, who worked in patient care, pleaded guilty to a theft scheme charge this year. Hoover, of the 100 block of N. Meadow Drive in Glen Burnie, was sentenced in September to two years' probation.

Yesterday, Sank's lawyer, Leo Hylan, said his client, a military reservist, is "deeply ashamed" of what he did. Hylan asked Howard Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney to give Sank "a second chance."

Sweeney sentenced Sank to five years in prison but suspended all but 12 weekends - one a month for the next year. He also gave Sank five years' probation and ordered him to pay $12,197.79 in restitution.

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