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Baltimore City Paper

Don't Steal Petty Cash

Baltimore City Inspector General Hilton Green suspended an office assistant at the War Memorial Commission without pay in late January on suspicion that employee embezzled more than $5,200. Nikki Cooper, a seven-year employee who lives in Glen Burnie, admitted that she took the money from petty cash without authorization, according to the Jan. 25 press release. "She was writing checks to herself and placing the names of the War Memorial administrators on the checks for supplies that were never obtained," Green said in the statement. He later told The Examiner newspaper that he was looking at other departments' petty-cash records. Cooper's suspension was the I.G.'s first publicly announced sanction of a city employee since taking over the job last year from Andrew Clemmons, whom Mayor Sheila Dixon fired after learning of an investigation into a favored housing official. According to the Jan. 25 press release, Dixon "has advised that she will not tolerate theft and fraud of city funds at any level."


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