Former NIH Worker Sentenced in 100K Credit Card Scheme
Germantown woman bought 119 iPads with government-issued credit card.
A Germantown woman who used a government-issued credit card to buy 119 iPads and other personal items was sentenced to six months in prison and was ordered to pay $106,096.09, the amount it cost the government, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday.
According to federal prosecutors, Tamia M. McCoy, 33, used her government-issued credit card to buy electronics, designer perfume, a clutch bag and a queen-size mattress set—some of which she resold online—during her time as a purchasing agent and procurement analyst at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
McCoy also used the card to pay for house cleaning and cell phone service.
To avoid detection, McCoy falsified documents and disputed some of the charges with the credit card issuer, falsely claiming that she had not purchased the items in question, federal prosecutors said.
In addition to the six-month prison sentence, McCoy must serve six months home detention as part of three years of supervised release and perform 100 hours of community service.