New charges are added in fraud case indictment

CRIME WATCH

June 27, 2007|By Matthew Dolan

A federal grand jury has issued new charges against a former Eastern Shore woman alleged to have pocketed about $3 million in illegal profits from the port of Baltimore company where her deceased husband once worked, federal prosecutors said yesterday.

Georgette A. Richie, 49, of Dillwyn, Va. - and formerly of Denton - was charged with mail and wire fraud, money laundering and filing false tax returns. The original sealed indictment was returned in April and charged only mail and wire fraud and money laundering.

According to the 24-count indictment, Richie's husband was a director of engineering for AMPORTS Inc. an import/export car processing service for automobile manufacturers from five locations, including Baltimore.

The indictment alleges that the couple created two companies using the name of a dead man to set up a contractor, secure business with AMPORTS, and then change work orders and skim millions in illegal profits.

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