Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

January 23, 2007

Woman pleads guilty in UM hospital fraud

The last defendant in a scheme to steal bonus money for employees who recommended new hires at University of Maryland Medical Center pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday.

Carlet Clemons, 59, of Baltimore could receive as much as 10 years in prison on the theft charge.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett scheduled sentencing for April 5.

At the hospital, workers were awarded up to $5,000 each time they found an applicant who later became a medical center employee.

But Paula Anderson, Clemons' daughter who worked in the medical center's human resources department, enlisted friends and relatives who worked at the hospital, including her mother, to file false claims for bonuses on new employees they did not know.

The friends and relatives would then kick back a percentage of the bonus money to Anderson, who pleaded guilty this month to a similar charge.

The medical center, with about 5,700 employees, paid about $1.47 million in employee referral bonuses between 2003 and 2005. Prosecutors found that more than 20 percent of the total - about $317,000 - was improperly doled out to employees through Anderson's scheme.

Matthew Dolan

Shot several times, man dies

A man in his 20s died last night after he was shot multiple times outside a house in the Rosemont community of West Baltimore - the city's 21st homicide in the first 22 days of this year.

Southwestern District officers responding to an anonymous 911 call at 8 p.m. reporting a man shot in the 3100 block of Brighton St. found the victim bleeding from wounds to the body, police said.

The man - whose name was being withheld - died at 8:37 p.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the slaying.

Richard Irwin

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