For Immediate Release 6/23/2017
Keia Hicks was convicted by a Baltimore City jury of theft of more than $10,000 but less than $100,000, credit card theft, and identity fraud. Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher Sandmann prosecuted the case.
In September of 2014, Farad Keemer, the victim in this case, noticed charges on his business account that he never authorized. After reporting the charges to the bank and credit card company, he realized his ex-girlfriend was responsible for the charges. He, then, reported the theft to the police. Keemer told police that he and Hicks dated from 2008 to 2013, and that she helped him manage his business finances during that period.
According to Keemer’s financial records, Hicks had opened up an account at Rent-A-Center in her name using his company credit card, and was also using his credit card to pay her own credit card bills.
Police executed a search and seizure warrant at Hicks’ home and discovered a handwritten note with Keemer’s full credit card information, along with paperwork indicating that Hicks was using Keemer’s account information.
Authorities uncovered more than $40,000 of unauthorized purchases made between January 2013 and September 2014.
“Small business owners are vital to the success of the City,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said. “Mr. Keemer could have paid the annual salary of a full-time employee with the amount of money that Hicks stole from his business. As prosecutors, we must do all that we can to protect not only individuals impacted by crime, but also small businesses because their success translates into jobs and services for City residents.”
Hicks was sentenced to a three-year suspended sentence with three years of probation, and ordered to pay restitution.
Hicks was a Baltimore City Schools Police Officer at the time of her arrest. She was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the trial.