Woman pleads guilty to exploiting group home residents


Thirty-four year-old Penny Parker Green, of Bowie, Maryland, pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Green was employed by the ARC of Prince George's County, a non-profit organization located in Largo, Maryland.  ARC provided in-home support, daycare and employment services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
According to her plea agreement, from November 2006 to February 2012, Green stole $166,137 from ARC and up to 72 individual group home residents, using three methods.  First, Green used her ARC corporate credit card to: purchase airfare to Aruba, an island tour and a sunset sail; install custom closets in her home; and purchase computers, electronics, furniture and other merchandise and services.
Second, Green directed other employees to withdraw cash from individual residents' bank accounts for her personal use. Finally, Green stole petty cash that was intended for the benefit of individual residents to purchase items for herself.
Green concealed the thefts by submitting paperwork that falsely described the expenditures, and then debited individual residents' accounts for the purchases.
Green will be required to pay restitution of at least $166,137, and forfeit two laptops, three desktop computers, a printer, XBOX, Wii, Playstation 3 and four HDTVs.
She faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for wire fraud; and a mandatory two years imprisonment for aggravated identity theft consecutive to any other sentence imposed. U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. scheduled sentencing for March 18, 2013.
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