Woman gets 37 months for $1 million theft

September 09, 2004

An Edgewater woman was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore yesterday to 37 months in prison for stealing more than $1 million from TeleCommunications Systems Inc. of Annapolis, where she was then employed.

Joanna L. Cook, 31, pleaded guilty in June to one count of bank fraud, a charge that stemmed from what prosecutors said was Cook's three-year scheme to manipulate the company's accounts-payable system.

District Judge Catherine C. Blake also ordered that Cook pay $185,000 in restitution to the company and its insurance company.

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