Bookkeeper pleads guilty to fraud

April 02, 2008|By John-John Williams IV

A Carroll County bookkeeper accused of embezzling more than $185,000 - including a total of $50,000 from a Cub Scout troop and an elementary school PTA - pleaded guilty yesterday to bank fraud, federal officials said.

Angela E. Hiltz, 43, bought Ravens tickets, paid bills and furnished a home in Little River, S.C., with the embezzled money, according to court documents.

The Mount Airy resident could face a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. She is expected to be sentenced in U.S. District Court on May 29.

The crimes occurred between June 2006 to April 2007 when Hiltz worked at Haussler and Associates LLC, a Woodbine-based company that provides accounting services to other businesses. She also volunteered as treasurer for the PTA at Lisbon Elementary School in Howard County and for Cub Scout Pack 827 in Woodbine. She stole $23,599 from the PTA and $23,233 from the Cub Scout pack, federal authorities said.

Hiltz wrote out checks to herself by forging her boss's signature, according to court documents.

"She regrets that it occurred," Hiltz's lawyer, Joseph Murtha, said yesterday.

"My client has accepted responsibility for this very unfortunate situation and wants to put it behind her," the lawyer said.

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