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Three Sentenced For Theft Scheme Against Tri-Towns Ambulance

May 3rd, 2016 by WCBC Radio

The Office of the State’s Attorney for Allegany County, Maryland, Michael O. Twigg, State’s Attorney, announced:

On Tuesday,  Lonzy R. Clark, Jr., 65, of Westernport, Maryland, Rhonda Clark, 58, of Westernport, Maryland, and Crystal Clark, 32, also of Westernport, Maryland, were sentenced for their participation in a conspiracy to commit a theft scheme from the Tri-Towns Ambulance Service, located in Westernport, Allegany County, Maryland.

Lonzy Clark had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a theft scheme from $10,000.00 to $100,000.00.  He was sentenced to three (3) years in the Department of Corrections, which was suspended.  He was placed on five (5) years of probation, with conditions including restitution of fifteen thousand six hundred sixty six ($15,666.07) dollars and seven cents to be paid to Tri-Towns Ambulance Service.  Special conditions of probation included no contact with the ambulance service and to not hold himself out in any way as a member of the Tri-Towns Ambulance Service. In addition Mr. Clark was ordered to perform sixty (60) hours of community service.

Crystal Clark had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a theft scheme from $1,000.00 to $10,000.00.  She was sentenced to three (3) years in the Department of Corrections, which was suspended.  She was placed on five (5) years of probation, with conditions including restitution of six thousand eight hundred and ninety ($6,890.00) dollars to be paid to Tri-Towns Ambulance Service.  Special conditions of probation included no contact with the ambulance service and to not hold herself out in any way as a member of the Tri-Towns Ambulance Service. In addition Ms. Clark was ordered to perform sixty (60) hours of community service.

Rhonda Clark had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a theft scheme from $1,000.00 to $10,000.00.  She was sentenced to three (3) years in the Department of Corrections, which was suspended.  She was placed on thirty six (36) months of probation, with conditions including restitution of seven thousand four hundred ten ($7,410.61) dollars and sixty one cents to be paid to Tri-Towns Ambulance Service.  Special conditions of probation included no contact with the ambulance service and to not hold herself out in any way as a member of the Tri-Towns Ambulance Service. In addition Ms. Clark was ordered to perform sixty (60) hours of community service.

On April 19, 2016, April Woolard was sentenced for her part in the conspiracy having pleaded to conspiracy to commit a theft scheme $1,000.00 to $10,000.00.  Woolard was sentenced to 180 day within the Allegany County Detention Center, suspended.  She was placed on three (3) years of probation, and ordered to pay three thousand four hundred thirty nine ($3,439.31) dollars and thirty one cents; and no contact with the Tri-Towns Ambulance Service.

The incident came to light when Officers of the Tri-Towns Ambulance Service noticed discrepancies in the financial records beginning in 2006 and ending in 2105. Through the diligence of the officers of Tri-Towns Ambulance Service, and their record keeping, law enforcement officers were able to identify the above individuals as those involved in an on-going scheme to put to their personal use monies belonging to the Ambulance Service.

Mr. Twigg was quoted as saying: “These types of financial crimes are some of the most difficult crimes to prosecute.  They stretch out over many years, being further complicated by thousands of financial documents, and interpretations of by-laws and agency practices.  This case is an example of how keeping detailed, complete, and reliable financial records can protect agencies, both public and private, from the devastation which these types of crimes can cause within an agency”.

Lonzy Clark was represented by Stephen R. Tully Esq.; Crystal Clark was represented by G.V. McKinley, Esq.; both were sentenced before the Honorable Judge W. Timothy Finan of the Circuit Court for Allegany County, Maryland.

Rhonda Clark was represented by Michael Noonan, Esq. and Sarah Willetts, Esq.; April Woolard was represented by David Schram Esq., of the Public Defender’s Office.  Both Clark and Woolard were sentenced by the Honorable Jeffery Getty, Judge of the Circuit Court for Allegany County, Maryland.

These matters were prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Samuel J. Lane and Karen Detrick.

 

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