Crime, Police/Fire

Baltimore correctional officers plead guilty to felony theft, misconduct charges in time card fraud scheme

BALTIMORE, MD—Two Baltimore correctional officers have pleaded guilty to charges of felony theft and misconduct in office in connection with a time card fraud scheme. Maryland State Prosecutor Charlton Howard on Thursday announced that Sharonda Stokes and Dephany McKnight, former Correctional Officers assigned to the Metropolitan Transition Center in Baltimore, pleaded guilty this week in Baltimore County Circuit Court to …


Crime, Police/Fire, Sci-Tech

Baltimore County grand jury indicts five correctional officers for theft of $380,000 via time card fraud scheme

UPDATE: Sharonda Stokes and Dephany McKnight have pleaded guilty and have each been sentenced. Original story below… —— TOWSON, MD—Maryland State Prosecutor Charlton Howard announced this week that a Baltimore County grand jury has indicted five correctional officers with felony theft scheme and misconduct in office. The indictments allege that, during their employment as correctional officers for the Maryland Department …


Parkville woman sentenced to federal prison for role in corruption scheme at Jessup Correctional Institution

PARKVILLE, MD—A Parkville woman has been sentenced to federal prison for her role in a prison corruption scheme. U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang on Monday sentenced Trinesse Butts, 37, of Parkville, to a year and a day in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for a racketeering conspiracy at the Jessup Correctional Institution (JCI). The conspiracy …

Parkville resident among 15 indicted on racketeering, drug charges at Jessup Correctional Institution

GREENBELT, MD—A federal grand jury has indicted 15 defendants on federal racketeering and drug conspiracy charges at the Jessup Correctional Institution, including correctional officers, inmates, and outside “facilitators,” for allegedly paying bribes to correctional officers to smuggle contraband, including narcotics, alcohol, tobacco, and cell phones into the prison. The indictment was returned on February 5, 2020, and made public on …