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Former County Council Candidate Pleads Guilty to Misappropriation

Penny McCrimmon was accused of stealing $30,000 from an incapacitated relative living in a nursing home.

 

A three-time former Baltimore County Council candidate pleaded guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Wednesday.

Penny McCrimmon, a Democrat who ran in the 4th Council District, pleaded guilty to misappropriation by a fiduciary in connection with the theft of money from an incapacitated relative, according to Adam Lippe, an assistant Baltimore County state's attorney.

McCrimmon, 63, was charged in May with theft of property valued between $10,000 and $100,000, taking property from a vulnerable adult and embezzlement, according to online court records.

McCrimmon had power of attorney over the finances of Reginald Gantt, a Randallstown resident, between April 2010 and February 2011, according to a hand-written statement filed with the court by Gantt, .

Gantt and McCrimmon are cousins, according to the statement.

McCrimmon was supposed to help Gantt file for medical assistance and manage his finances while he was incapacitated and in a Randallstown nursing home, according to court documents.

Gantt wrote in his statement that McCrimmon only gave him $26 spending money during his stay in the nursing home.

By the time Gantt regained control of his finances and revoked the power of attorney, McCrimmon had taken $30,000 from his checking and savings accounts, according to his statement. Bank records showed withdraws and transfers "for food, auto and shipping/mailing as well as numerous ATM withdrawals of unknown transaction," Gantt wrote.

McCrimmon was sentenced to five years in jail, all suspended, five years of unsupervised probation and owes $19,000 to the nursing home where Gantt stayed.

McCrimmon, who lives in the 100 block of Oliver Heights Road, served on the county Democratic State Central Committee from 2002 to 2010.

She unsuccessfully ran for County Council in the 4th District in 2002, 2006 and 2010, losing to incumbent Ken Oliver.

rick j January 19, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Another person with political ties who commits a crime and gets no jail time.Let them find a pot seed on someone and they get the book thrown at them.
Allen Martin January 19, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Its true Rick. We live in country where the "ELITE " live by the laws the commoner never sees......
John L. January 19, 2012 at 11:38 PM
What? Are the 'supposed' candidates in the 4th. Council District crooks? Appearances are what it's all about.......Shame on her........:(
hmj January 20, 2012 at 02:34 PM
This is just another ugly example of corruption --- but this turkey is not elite. Dems take care of Dems in Maryland.
Lorna D. Rudnikas January 24, 2012 at 04:10 AM
What is it about the meaning of misappropriation that our courts are now misunderstanding: larceny; stealing; theft; thievery; thieving (the act of taking something from someone unlawfully) or choosing to downgrade to a decision of sentencing, but suspending, walking without probation... wow!! Some serious stuff going on in our legal system...and being a councilperson, past and/or present does not constitute "elite" in most halls of knowledge....so what's it all about Alfie????
Paul Amirault January 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Lorna, it is sadly simple, break into someone's house or car, you go to jail (usually takes more than one offense you get caught at though), break into their bank account and obviously it wasn't your fault. The sad part about our justice system is that first time offenders get a break. That means first time caught.
Lorna D. Rudnikas January 24, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Ahhh, yes Paul....the "clincher" is first time caught..... Perhaps more media attention questioning our varied legal system will address this "clincher" further. :)
Buck Harmon January 24, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Our perceived legal system has been corrupt from it's inception....by design..
Buck Harmon January 24, 2012 at 02:34 PM
There is a relentless magnetic attraction between government and the predator element (corrupt politicians, lobbyists, and enforcers) to the point where, today, the United States federal government and many state and even county governments have become oppressive. This perpetually attributes to the flaw....it's not what you know or do, but who you know.
Lorna D. Rudnikas January 24, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Scary...especially if you don't "know" anyone!!!
Buck Harmon January 25, 2012 at 12:27 AM
You can still good with what you know.... takes a little effort though....
Lorna D. Rudnikas January 25, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Absolutely true...but sad that "who you know" not "what you know" works so well in the short run.
Jim Hughes January 27, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Talk about a political hatchet job on Penny McCrimmon by the Baltimore County politico establishment for pointing out that black tax payers in Baltimore County pay more and receive less than white counterparts...... and for successfully opposing those that wanted to impose the death penalty...... The cousin Reginald Gantt is notorious, suspicious, and less than honorably discharged, check the facts, check his history. The restitution ordered in this matter according to the Maryland Judiciary Website is not to be paid to Gantt, but to Mid-Atlantic Chapel Hill, who chief exec is none other than Scott Rifkin, who's brother is Alan, attorney with former Judge Silver in the law firm known for it political influence throughout Baltimore County. More importantly all bills due Mid-Atlantic Chapel Hill have been paid, so what was presented to a Judge by Adam Lippe, that compelled the Judge to issue this odd restitution. When have you heard of the State of Maryland going after an individual that results in a Judgment being rendered for a Nursing home and no monies are owed to the Nursing Home for Reginal Gantt. More to follow.....

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