Perry Hall man gets year in prison for defrauding Baltimore's government

Scheme to defraud city government of $70K lands Perry Hall man in prison

A Perry Hall man was sentenced to a year behind bars Monday on charges he was part of a scheme to defraud the city of Baltimore of about $70,000.

U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III sentenced Robert Johnson, 33, to the prison term followed by three years of supervised release. Johnson must also perform 75 hours of community service. Johnson was convicted of wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Johnson's co-defendant Denita Hill, 26, of Baltimore, has been convicted of wire fraud conspiracy and two counts of aggravated identity theft.

Hill was an accountant for the city of Baltimore. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Hill was responsible for issuing checks for unused sick and vacation days owed to Baltimore employees who left their jobs. She requested that checks for large lump sum payments be reissued, as if they had not been received, prosecutors said, and the duplicate checks bore a forged endorsement, "Pay to the Order of Robert Johnson." Johnson then deposited the funds into his bank account, prosecutors said.

Hill's sentencing is scheduled for May 19.

Lawyers for Johnson and Hill could not immediately be reached for comment.

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