Surplus food offered at Catonsville, ParkvilleCATONSVILLE --...


Surplus food offered at Catonsville, Parkville

CATONSVILLE -- Butter, canned pork, flour and other surplus food will be distributed Monday at the Banneker Community Building, Main and Wesley avenues in Catonsville. Eligible people from Zip codes 21043, 21228 and 21229 will be served.

On Tuesday, federal surplus food will be distributed at Hiss United Methodist Church, 8700 Harford Road, Parkville. Eligible people living in Zip codes, 21013, 21030, 21031, 21051, 21057, 21082, 21087, 21092, 21093, 21128, 21131, 21139, 21153, 21156, 21204, 21206, 21212, 21234, 21236 and 21239 will be served.

For information, call the Baltimore County Department of Community Development at 887-5688.

Woman is sentenced in check-kiting scheme


BALTIMORE -- A Columbia woman was sentenced to five months in prison yesterday for a check-kiting scheme in which she stole more than $78,000 from an Ellicott City bank.

Lavida B. Smith, 40, also will serve an additional five months in home detention and three years' probation. During her probation, she must pay the bank $700 a month in restitution.

The sentence is the minimum under federal sentencing guidelines. U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis said he took into account Smith's remorse and her willingness to repay the bank.

Smith pleaded guilty in March to one count of bank fraud in connection with the scheme, in which she used bad checks from another bank to purchase money orders and treasurer's checks from the Citizens Bank of Maryland branch in Ellicott City.

At the time of her arrest, Smith was employed by the Howard County Finance Department. She resigned from the job March 31. No financialimproprieties were found in the office.

Former taxi driver convicted of fraud


BALTIMORE -- A former taxi driver was found guilty yesterday of swindling $2,500 from Medicaid by falsely claiming he had transported sick people to Montgomery County General Hospital.

Lance Smith, 34, of Germantown was convicted of felony and misdemeanor Medicaid fraud in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Smith submitted 88 invoices for hospital trips to his employer, Taxi-Taxi of Montgomery County, according to prosecutors. Investigators later concluded the trips were never made.

He testified in the trial that he was instructed by his employer to submit the invoices for non-existent rides. Six other drivers from Taxi-Taxi previously pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud charges, and the owner is due to stand trial July 20.

Smith will be sentenced July 15.

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