Woman sentenced to year in prison for stealing funds while working at landfill

September 08, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A former clerk at a Baltimore trash dump was sentenced yesterday to a year in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash payments she was responsible for collecting as part of her job, the city state's attorney's office announced.

Thomasine Dionne Felder, 39, who was accused of stealing $226,828 over approximately a seven-month period, was also ordered by Baltimore Circuit Court Judge John M. Glynn to pay full restitution. Felder pleaded guilty to the theft July 8.

Felder, of the 5700 block of Jonquil Ave., was assigned to accept cash payments from commercial dumpers and noncity residents at the city's Quarantine Road Landfill near the southern edge of the city.

At the end of the day, Felder - an employee at the landfill from 1999 until last year - was supposed to deposit the cash into a city bank account but instead pocketed the money, prosecutors said.

The theft occurred between August 2002 and March last year, according to investigators.

Prosecutors did not specify yesterday what happened to the money other than that Felder put it to personal use.

The discrepancies were discovered in March last year by a clerk in the Department of Public Works, and the city auditor's office conducted a financial examination, prosecutors said.

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