Man, 34, guilty of bank fraud

Employee spurred suit against staffing agency

March 23, 2007|By Matthew Dolan | Matthew Dolan,Sun Reporter

The man whose theft from a local marketing company sparked an ill-fated lawsuit against one of the nation's largest employee placement companies pleaded guilty to bank fraud in federal court yesterday.

According to the plea agreement in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Raheim Jackson, 34, of Silver Spring obtained temporary employment at several companies from which he took money to pay for his personal expenses.

Beginning in March 2003, Jackson worked for the Rosen Group in Baltimore, providing bookkeeping services. Jackson later stole company checks and, from March through July 2003, wrote 27 checks totaling $127,428.75 for cash, to pay personal bills, to lease a car and to buy a Lexus, prosecutors wrote in court documents.

From May to October 2005, Jackson was employed as an accounting manager at Maxim Healthcare Services, a provider of in-home nursing care services in Columbia. Jackson embezzled $5,201 in 14 transactions, using the funds to pay his personal bills.

In April last year, Jackson worked as a temporary financial officer at SecureCare Services Ltd., in Silver Spring, a provider of housing and 24-hour care for developmentally disabled adults.

Within a week of beginning his temporary employment, Jackson used two counterfeit checks totaling $3,413.74 to pay his personal credit card debts.

Jackson faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a fine of $1 million. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 1.

Earlier this month, a civil jury ruled that Spherion Corp. was maligned when the Rosen Group's president criticized the employee placement giant about Jackson in widely circulated e-mails and a business magazine article.

The jury did not award any damages.

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