He misused his state-issued credit card.
A former Victor Cullen Center employee was in Frederick County Circuit Court on Wednesday. Douglas Allen Fairfax, 42, of Hagerstown, pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft. Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says Fairfax misused his state-issued credit card. "He was using his state-issued credit card--get this--to buy 15,000 pounds, 71/2 tons, of frozen crab legs and shrimp," says Gansler.
The purchases were made between January, 2011 to February, 2012. Gansler says the amount of the purchases totaled more than $94,000.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 31st. Fairfax could get up to the maximum of 15-years in prison, and up to $15,000 in fines.
Gansler says Fairfax, who was a dietary manager at Victor Cullen, was not making these purchases for the youth at the facility in Sabillasville, but to sell the seafood to area restaurants, and keeping the profits. "This was not condoned by anybody. He did not have permission to do this. And it was all for personal gain, and that's why he has to pay it back," says Gansler.
Besides, he says, the Victor Cullen Center does not serve crab legs, and shrimp may be provided on occasion.
Gansler says this was a public integrity crime, and Fairfax was hoping to get away with it. "Our office investigates these types of crimes, and thankfully, we were able to hold Mr. Fairfax accountable," says Gansler.
The Victor Cullen Center is a regional treatment center, serving 48 male youth who are under orders to receive treatment in a secure environment. The Center is run by the Maryland Department of Juvenile Service, and serves young men between the ages of 15 and 18.