Theft yields term of 6 months

CRIME WATCH

May 02, 2007

A former administrative assistant at the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development was ordered to serve six months in prison yesterday for her role in stealing more than $33,000 from the state agency, the attorney general's office announced.

Denise Rosado, 40, of Glen Burnie pleaded guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court to felony theft for her role in creating fictitious invoices -- which led to 17 checks being issued for services that were never provided to the agency.

Five relatives and friends received the checks, splitting the stolen money with her, according to prosecutors. Four have pleaded guilty and are on probation, and a fifth -- James Bane -- has been indicted and is being sought by authorities.

Judge Lynn K. Stewart gave Rosado a three-year sentence -- suspending all but six months -- followed by three years of supervised probation. Rosado also must pay $7,292 in restitution.

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