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Former Council Candidate Charged with Theft, Embezzlement

Penny McCrimmon ran for County Council in the 4th district in 2002, 2006 and 2010.

UPDATED (10:22 p.m.)—An Owings Mills woman who ran for Baltimore County Council and served on the county Democratic Central Committee faces felony theft and embezzlement charges.

Penny McCrimmon, who turns 62 on May 18, is charged 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.

He wrote that he suspected money had been taken from his accounts when he was suddenly approved for long-term medical assistance. Gantt said he had been told he would not qualify for the benefits if he had more than $2,500 in his bank accounts.

An eligibility statement from the Cecil County Department of Social Services showed Gantt was receiving $3,100 a month in social security payments, Gantt wrote.

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

Gantt, in his written statement, said McCrimmon was the only person who had access to his bank accounts while he was in the nursing home.

A scheduled arraignment for McCrimmon in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Wednesday was canceled after her public defender entered an appearance in writing.

McCrimmon did not respond to a request for an interview.

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.

A trial date has not been scheduled.

 

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Robert Armstrong May 17, 2011 at 03:26 AM
Fight your own battles Big Guy. I think everybody knew what I meant. Who cares about being written out of the Will. The state is going to take most of everything anyway. I think we have strayed far enough off topic. How the state screws you in probate is another topic. Been there done that. It ain't pretty.
Stan Modjesky May 17, 2011 at 01:13 PM
Buzz, don't feed the troll.
Stan Modjesky May 17, 2011 at 01:16 PM
Stick a fork in this topic.
Buzz Beeler May 17, 2011 at 03:47 PM
Stan, you are exactly correct in your observation pertaining to the feeding of the troll. I should know better. Sadly there are some that despite the best efforts of others, you cannot reach. I am not relating to their attempt at propelling their agenda, but rather to the way in which they articulate it. The written word is a powerful tool, but for those that do not have a toolbox any project involving the knowledgeable use of these tools is beyond them.
Jackie May 17, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Medicaid laws began to change when state governments realized that families were making an elderly relatives poor to gain them immediate Medicaid eligibility, thus allowing the state to bear the medical costs which can be exorbitant. The law changed to a 3 year look back, then a five year look back, to see what happened to the elderly person's assets leading up to the Medicaid application. This made it more difficult to move the elderly person's assets. In the case of the councilwoman, I guessed, rightly or wrongly, that assets were moved to make the relative eligible for Medicaid. The question that families face is: use the person's assets to pay for nursing home costs, or divert the money early enough to gain Medicaid eligibility. Who should be responsible for nursing home costs? Some feel that it should be fully the taxpayers. The state believes the elderly person should deplete their own assets before getting assistance from the state. It's a difficult situation whichever way you turn.

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