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Civic association’s ex-property manager indicted

Mattie M. Scicchitano
Mattie Michele Scicchitano

Lusby, MD  - A woman serving as the property manager for the White Sands Civic Association (WSCA) in Lusby was indicted Aug. 21 by a grand jury in Calvert County Circuit Court. The defendant, Mattie Michele Scicchitano, 46 of Lusby, was initially charged with theft and theft scheme for an amount exceeding $100,000 by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office back in April. She was indicted on a single count of theft scheme $100,000 plus.

According to documents on filed in District Court, Detective Wells was contacted April 25 by White Sands Civic Association President Curt Hilpipre, who told the officer Scicchitano had embezzled a large amount of money from the association “for 10 years or more. During this investigation it was determined that Sciccitano had fraudulently accessed three different bank accounts for the White Sands Civic Association. During this time it was discovered that Scicchitano had forged numerous documents and checks by endorsing her name and depositing checks in her personal account. There were checks written to her and money transfers totaling approximately $200,000 dating back to 2013. Hilpripre asked Scicchitano for the bank statements for these amounts when they noticed the crimes were occurring. Scicchitano could not produce these documents when asked.”

The investigation also revealed the defendant conducted “fraudulent transactions through WSCA’s “merchant accounts.” Documents the WSCA’s president provided to police indicated that between March 17 and April 17 of this year over 600 transactions totaling approximately $2.25 million were conducted.

Wells stated that other documents indicate from December 2016 to April 2017 an additional 75 transactions totaling $289,299 were made through the merchant account. “Only a few of those transactions were successfully completed,” Wells stated.

The detective stated in court documents that he contacted Scicchitano by phone April 25. “She advised me she has retained an attorney in this case,” Wells stated. On May 11 a search and seizure warrant was executed on Scicchitano’s residence. Wells stated the search yielded “numerous items of evidence.” That and electrical items such as laptops, cell phones and tablets were seized.

According to a court docket summary, Scicchitano is being represented by attorney Monte D. Montgomery Jr.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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