A 52-year-old former employee of Baltimore City Community College pleaded guilty in Circuit Court on Wednesday to stealing more than $7,000 in student tuition payments and was sentenced to three years' probation and a one-year suspended prison term, the city state's attorney's office announced.
Michelle Campbell, of the 5100 block of Marlin Court in Waldorf, was also ordered to pay back her victims in full.
Prosecutors said Campbell stole cash from a dozen students and robbed them of certain certifications while she was an administrative assistant in the school's Business and Continuing Education Department.
She told students to leave the payee line blank on money orders to pay their tuition fees, then she wrote in her own name and pocketed the funds, prosecutors said. To cover up her scheme, she registered the students for classes, then marked them as having dropped out. The unwitting students continued going to class, but were never awarded the credit.
"The defendant's scheme, if undetected, had the potential to deprive students from obtaining important certificates, which will allow them to secure employment in various technical fields. Fortunately, these students will now be able to pursue their career goals," Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein, who prosecuted the case, said in a statement.
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