Den­ton man gets five years in Queen­stown bank theft scheme

Record Observer - - Opinion -

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.

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