City employee resigns amid investigation over credentials

The Baltimore school board member whose credentials were questioned has resigned from his city job amid an investigation by the Baltimore state's attorney's office.

Anthony A. Hamilton resigned as an education coordinator in Baltimore's Health Department, city officials said Friday.

Mark Cheshire, a spokesman for State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein, said his office has launched an investigation into allegations that Hamilton used another person's identity and transcripts to pretend to have degrees he didn't earn.

"I can confirm that we are conducting an investigation in this matter," Cheshire said.

State Del. Curt Anderson, chairman of the city delegation to the General Assembly, said he had been in contact with city prosecutors about allegations that Hamilton committed identity theft.

"Identity theft can ruin a person's life. The person whose degree was stolen suffered harm as a result," Anderson said. "We want to discourage people from this type of endeavor. I think it's despicable."

Attempts to reach Hamilton on Friday were unsuccessful.

Hamilton resigned from the Baltimore City school board this month after his resume was questioned.

Hamilton said he held a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, but a Hopkins spokeswoman said the university never awarded him a degree, and a review of the school's database did not turn up a student by that name.

The Maryland State Board of Education is responsible for vetting all candidates for the city school board before they go to the governor and the mayor for a joint decision on the appointment.

Hamilton worked in the city Health Department as its education coordinator for the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, a position that connects at-risk youths with education programs. City records show that Hamilton has been employed by the city since 2008 and earned a salary of $52,200.

In 2011, Hamilton ran unsuccessfully for the District 2 seat on the Baltimore City Council, campaigning on an education platform.

Baltimore Sun reporter Erica L. Green contributed to this article.

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