NIH employee guilty of theft

May 11, 2012|Tricia Bishop

A 32-year-old Germantown woman pleaded guilty Friday to using a government credit card for personal use, buying 119 iPads, a mattress set and house cleaning services, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney’s office.

Tamia M. McCoy, a former employee for the National Institutes of Health, faces up to 10 years in prison at her sentencing in Baltimore’s U.S. district court, set for July 26. In all, she stole between $70,000 and $120,000 prosecutors said.

“McCoy brazenly sought to profit at the behest of tax payer dollars. What she didn’t know is that the Office of Inspector General has been utilizing sophisticated software to detect aberrant credit card patterns that indicate criminal behavior,” said Special Agent in Charge Elton Malone of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Special Investigations Branch.

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