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: Scott Invites Hogan To Baltimore After Governor Calls For "Comprehensive Update" On City's Violent Crime Plan
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: With City Council's Ear, Baltimore Residents Urge Cuts To Police Budget Ahead Of Vote
“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: Black Bear Sighting Causes Brief Scare At Westminster High School
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.