BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore County grand jury indicted two State correctional officers and a state fiscal technician with various charges after they allegedly altered timecard entries so the officers were getting paid for work they did not perform, prosecutors say.
The indictment alleges Correctional Officers Okezie Chidume and Gerald Leon Solomon Jr. conspired with fiscal technician Shantil Carter to alter the timecards.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Mayor Brandon Scott To Make Investment Announcement With American Rescue Plan Funding
A grand jury indicted Correctional Officer Chidume with Theft, Conspiracy, Bribery, and Misconduct in Office; Correctional Officer Solomon for Theft, Conspiracy, and Misconduct in Office; and Fiscal Technician Carter for Theft, Conspiracy, and Bribery.READ MORE: FDA Expected To Approve J&J, Moderna Covid Booster Shots, ‘Mix and Match’ Doses
“Allegations that public employees have abused positions of trust to enrich themselves at the expense of Maryland taxpayers are extremely serious and require a timely, thorough and professional response,” said Maryland State Prosecutor Charlton T. Howard III. “Our office is committed to investigating and prosecuting where appropriate any allegation of criminal behavior or misconduct by state or local public officials.”MORE NEWS: 'Part Of Us Died With Her,' Ja'Nyi Weeden's Cousin Tells WJZ
The charges claim Carter conspired with other DPSCS employees to inflate their “worked” hours and increased their overall pay by tens of thousands of dollars. Prosecutors also claim the correctional officers made payments to Carter totaling several thousands of dollars.