Forestville-based state trooper convicted of theft
Trooper worked private jobs while on the clock, disseminated criminal and motor vehicle records
After a seven-day trial, a Prince George's County Circuit Court jury on Thursday convicted a Maryland State Police trooper assigned to the Forestville barrack of two counts of felony theft and five counts of misconduct in office.
Andrew Mohan, 36, was accused of working two private security jobs while on the clock as a trooper resulting in the theft of $3,200 in wages he collected during that time from the state and abusing his power by accessing restricted criminal and motor vehicle records for personal use, according to a release from the Maryland Attorney's General's office, which prosecuted the case.
Mohan is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 29. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison or $25,000 fine on the felony theft charges.
He could not be reached for comment.
Mohan's Upper Marlboro-based attorney, Don Edward Ansell, declined to comment on the case and said he did not know whether his client planned to appeal the conviction.
Mohan joined the Forestville barrack of the Maryland State Police eight years ago, according to Ansell. Prosecutors alleged that while performing his duties as a trooper between March 2006 and June 2007, Mohan took jobs as a private security guard at the Rivertowne Commons shopping center in Oxon Hill and Heather Hill apartment complex in Temple Hills, said Raquel Guillory, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Attorney General's office.
Separate from those two jobs, he also accessed restricted information from criminal and motor vehicle records, she said, although it is unclear why he wanted that information outside of his duties as a trooper.
Court records indicate Mohan was indicted on the charges of theft and misconduct in December 2008, which Ansell said was around the same time he was suspended without pay from his job as a trooper. His last known address was in Hyattsville, according to Guillory.
Assistant Attorney General Kate O'Donnell prosecuted the case.
Elena Russo, a spokeswoman for the Maryland State Police, declined to comment on the case, referring all questions to the Attorney General's office.
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