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UPDATE: UMES Releases Statement Regarding Former Employee Theft

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - A local university has released a statement after a former employee was convicted of theft from the institution.

On Thursday, former University of Maryland Eastern Shore employee April Sivak pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft scheme. She was sentenced to 18 months behind bars, all of which was suspended. Sivak will be on probation for three years, and have to repay $3,800 in restitution. She paid an initial installment of $600 on Thursday towards restitution.

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler says "Most state employees are honest and hardworking and they know that those who steal from the taxpayers will be caught and pay the price. Additionally, our office seeks to recover the costs, make the state whole and ensure it doesn't happen again."

While Sivak was working in UMES's School of Pharmacy and Health Professions in 2012 and 2013, she used two State corporate purchasing cards to buy items for herself, totaling $3,800. 

University of Maryland Eastern Shore released the following statement after the ruling. "Employment at a public university carries an expectation of public trust. When someone's actions call that trust into question, the University has a legal and moral obligation to take the appropriate steps to restore it. When administrators discovered and reported the incident, the University met its fiduciary responsibility to confront an issue that the Office of the Attorney General decided warranted criminal prosecution. The resolution of the case sends an important message."

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