Woman gets 3 years in embezzlement

July 19, 2008|By John-John Williams IV

A Carroll County bookkeeper accused of embezzling more than $236,000 - including a total of almost $50,000 from a Cub Scout troop and an elementary school PTA - was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to three years in prison, federal officials said.

Angela E. Hiltz, 43, used the money to purchase Ravens tickets, pay bills and furnish a home in Little River, S.C., according to court documents. The Mount Airy resident was immediately taken into custody to begin serving the sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett. She also was ordered to pay $236,722.58 in restitution, and her prison term is to be followed by five years of supervised release. Hiltz could have received a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for bank fraud.

"Miss Hiltz accepted her responsibility, admitted her wrongdoing," Hiltz's lawyer, Joseph Murtha, said yesterday. "Unfortunately, she'll no longer have contact with her children, and her marriage of many years will end. As Miss Hiltz indicated, unfortunately something like this had to happen for her to get help."

The crimes occurred between June 2006 and April last year 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 checks to herself by forging her boss' signature, according to court documents.

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