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Former University of Maryland, Baltimore County Employee Sentenced for Felony Theft

BALTIMORE, MD ( May 25, 2011) – Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that former University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) employee Franco Nunoo-Quarcoo, 52, of Superior Township, Michigan, was sentenced today in Baltimore County Circuit Court on one count of felony theft. The Honorable Kathleen Cox sentenced Nunoo-Quarcoo to a two year suspended sentence and placed him on two years of probation. Full restitution was made in the amount of $9,800 to UMBC as of today’s hearing.

Between May 2007 and August 2008, Nunoo-Quarcoo created fictitious invoices representing that the owner of Main Street Oriental Rugs, a business in Ellicott City, rendered services for the repair of UMBC silk screening equipment when in fact no such services were rendered. The defendant created the fictitious invoices in order to disguise the true purpose of the transactions, which was to obtain – at no cost to himself – oriental rugs for his Catonsville residence. After creating the fictitious invoices for equipment repair, the defendant used his authority as a Director of the Visual Arts Department to approve payment. His approval of the fake invoices caused the State to issue two checks in an amount totaling $9,800 to the owner of Main Street Oriental Rugs.

This case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Criminal Division and the Maryland State Police, with assistance from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Police Department.

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