February 2, 2018: Erica Holland, Former Account Clerk for the Town of Snow Hill, Incarcerated for Theft Scheme
For Immediate Release
ERICA HOLLAND, FORMER ACCOUNT CLERK FOR TOWN OF SNOW HILL, INCARCERATED FOR THEFT SCHEME
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced today that Erica M. Holland, 32, former account clerk for the Town of Snow Hill, pleaded guilty in the Worcester County Circuit Court to felony theft over $100,000.00. The Honorable W. Newton Jackson, III, sentenced Ms. Holland to fifteen years incarceration with all but five years of that sentence suspended. Following her release from prison, Ms. Holland will be placed on probation for five years. The court also ordered Ms. Holland to pay $169,160.00 in restitution.
From a statement of facts read into the record, the court learned that, between August of 2014 and April of 2017, Holland, while employed as an account clerk for the Town of Snow Hill, stole approximately $169,100.00 from the town. Investigation revealed that Ms. Holland engaged in a theft scheme whereby she would steal the cash that she collected from citizens and alter sewer and leachate invoices in the accounting records to cover her theft. Her scheme resulted in 237 separate thefts of cash during her employment with Snow Hill. Analysis of four separate bank accounts in either her or her husband’s name revealed that she made 344 ATM cash deposits totaling over $114, 000.00 during this period. This matter was originally referred to the Office of the State Prosecutor by the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office.
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt stated: “Town employees who handle public money hold a position of trust and betrayal of that trust is intolerable.”
The State Prosecutor wishes to thank Detective Mark Titanski of the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation for his investigative work on this case.