BALTIMORE, Md. (WUSA) - A former NIH employee was sentenced Friday for using government credit cards to pay for unauthorized personal items and services, according to Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. States Attorney for the District of Maryland.
Tamia M. McCoy, 33, of Germantown, Maryland, was sentenced to six months in prison, followed by six months of home detention as part of three years of supervised release, and 100 hours of community service, for theft of government property and money, in connection with her use of government credit cards to make unauthorized purchases of goods and services for her personal use. McCoy was also ordered by pay restitution of $106,096.09.
According to court papers, beginning in November 2007, McCoy worked at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, as a purchasing agent and procurement analyst. She was issued a government credit card to purchase goods and services for official use. But between May- December 2011, McCoy used two government issued credit cards to buy goods and services for her personal use.
Her purchases included approximately 119 iPads and other electronics, designer perfume and clutch bag, and a queen-size mattress set. McCoy directed the retailers to ship many of these items to her home, keeping some for personal use and selling others on the Internet.
McCoy also used her government credit card to buy services for her personal benefit, including house cleaning and cell phone service.
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. The loss to the government from McCoy's unauthorized purchases was $106,096.09.