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Three plead guilty to invoice scheme

Three people pleaded guilty yesterday to what officials described as a "false invoice scheme" at the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development that resulted in the loss of thousands of dollars.

Stephen Ross, 38, of the 400 block of Edgewood St.; Diana O'Connor, 43, of the 700 block of Deacon Hill Court; and Tinikia Rice, 23, of the 2700 block of Fisk Road were each fined and given three-year suspended sentences by Baltimore Circuit Judge John M. Glynn. Rice and O'Connor were sentenced to three years' probation and Ross to four, according to the state attorney general's office.

Officials said the Department of Business and Economic Development issued $33,000 in checks based on false invoices. Yesterday, the three people acknowledged receiving checks for printing and advertising services they did not provide. One other person has also pleaded guilty in the scheme.

Denise Rosado, 40, who worked at the Department of Business and Economic Development, is accused of creating the false invoices to pay her friends and relatives. She will be arraigned this month, according to the attorney general's office. A sixth person is being sought by authorities.

Man guilty in online fraud

A 35-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to felony credit card fraud, according to the attorney general's office. Glenard C. Blount, who used to live in the 5400 block of Cedella Ave., admitted using personal information from dozens of people to order thousands of dollars worth of DVDs and other merchandise from two online companies, NetFlix and SmartBargains. The attorney general's office said Blount acknowledged ordering the items to be delivered to his Cedella Avenue home, as well as to other addresses. Sentencing is set for March 23.

Man charged with murder Baltimore homicide detectives have arrested an East Baltimore man in the fatal shooting of a 32-year-old man last week, police said yesterday.

Charged with first- and second-degree murder and handgun violations is Alton Ray Teel Jr., 42, of the 3600 block of Bonview Ave., police said. He is being held without bail at the Central Booking and Intake Center.

Daniel Savage was in the 1500 block of N. Bradford St. about 8:40 a.m. Feb. 21 when a man shot him in the head, police said. Through their investigation, homicide detectives identified a suspect and made an arrest Tuesday at 5:50 p.m. in the 1600 block of N. Milton Ave. in East Baltimore, police said.

Gus G. Sentementes

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