Towson man pleads guilty to theft from Odyssey School

August 24, 2005|By Matthew Dolan | Matthew Dolan,SUN STAFF

A former consultant to a Baltimore County private school for dyslexic children pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday afternoon to stealing more than $55,000.

Daniel Charles Llewellyn, 40, of Towson admitted that he stole from the Odyssey School while working as a purchasing consultant in 2002 and 2003. The Odyssey School, a private elementary school in Stevenson, received two federal grants totaling $99,200 from NASA between 2001 and 2003.

According to the statement of facts presented at the hearing yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Llewellyn defrauded the school by taking educational funds for equipment purchases that he never made. Llewellyn sought payments under $2,000 because checks over that amount required a second signature in addition to that of the business manager.

It also was unclear whether any of the money provided by NASA was involved in the theft.

Officials at Odyssey said they became suspicious in the summer of 2003 because of the large number of checks under $2,000 that had been written to pay for equipment. An audit revealed that the school had not received the equipment. Llewellyn has admitted his theft and made restitution to the school. When he is sentenced Nov. 8, Llewellyn could receive 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised probation.

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