Denton man gets five years in Queenstown bank theft scheme
CENTREVILLE — On March 10, in the Circuit Court for Queen Anne’s County, Rickey Ryan Anderson, aged 37, recently from Denton, was sentenced to 5 years to be served with the Maryland Division of Correction for his conviction of a felony theft scheme perpetrated on a local bank.
According to Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney Lance Richardson, Anderson’s conviction was based upon a theft scheme perpetrated on the Queenstown Bank of Maryland. Anderson opened a bank account at Queenstown Bank on March 25, 2016, by depositing $40 cash into an account. Soon after opening the account Anderson began depositing checks into this account and then withdrawing the money almost immediately after making the bogus deposits.
Anderson made a total of 15 deposits at various Queenstown Bank branches in Caroline, Talbot and Queen Anne’s counties, often using drive-through banking and accomplices to prevent detection and suspicion from the various bank employees. He then immediately withdrew the nonexistent funds — for a total loss of $5,258.25 to Queenstown Bank. Anderson’s fraud scheme began on March 31, 2016, and ended on April 4, 2016, Richardson said.
During that five-day span, Anderson was able to perpetrate his theft scheme because he used an out-of-state checking account to deposit checks which he made payable to himself. The account was a credit union account in his name out of Virginia, but it was an account which had been closed approximately four months prior to Anderson writing the fraudulent checks to himself, according to the state’s attorney’s office.
By the time Queenstown Bank received the notices of dishonor from the Virginia bank, Anderson had already accomplished his theft of over $5,000.
During the commission of the crime, Anderson was listed as residing in Denton, having recently relocated from Virginia and on parole for armed robbery in Virginia. Anderson had transferred his parole supervision to Caroline County and was under parole supervision at the time of this crime, Richardson said.
Anderson has a history of drug abuse and said the stress of attempting to run a business had overwhelmed him and was the motivation for his thefts.
Richardson thanked Detectives Troy Lowery and Chase Armington of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office for their efforts and professionalism in handling and solving the case. Assistant Public Defender Michael Fricker represented Anderson.
Anderson pleaded guilty to felony theft scheme of at least $1,000 but less than $10,000 in Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas G. Ross.
A judgment for the restitution was entered in favor of the bank and $919.81 in cash which was seized from Anderson at the time of his arrest was agreed to be forfeited by Anderson and returned to Queenstown Bank. Anderson will be returned to Virginia to face the balance of his 21-year robbery sentence after serving his Mar yland sentence.