Former UMES employee sentenced for stealing money from federally funded program

A state employee was sentenced on Thursday, after state officials say she took money from a federally funded program.

The Maryland Office of the Attorney General says that a former state employee, 52-year-old Carla Bailey of Salisbury, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised probation, on Thursday. Bailey was convicted for stealing money from a federally funded grant, that provided students with work/study fellowships, and research opportunities.

Bailey reportedly pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft scheme having a value of at least $1,000 but less than $10,000. According to officials, Bailey was the coordinator for a federally funded grant that focused on broadening participation of under-represented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, in Princess Anne.

Authorities say Bailey had management-level access to payroll records for students who participated in various programs, performing research under a faculty member's supervision. According to the report, between December 2013 and June 2014, Bailey took 40 checks made payable to 11 different students, and forged the students' signature before cashing them or depositing them into her own account. Officials say Judge Dale R. Cathell originally sentenced Bailey to five years, but suspended all but 18 months of the sentence.

The Fraud and Corruption Unit of the Maryland Attorney General's Office was assisted by the Maryland State Police in prosecuting this case.

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