Probation Revoked For Man Convicted Of Embezzling

Monday, November 01, 2010 – Scott Wykoff

A Reisterstown man has been ordered to serve the remaining five years of his original 1991 sentence for failing to make restitution. In September 1991, Roy H. Adler pled guilty to stealing more than $4 million from Blue Cross/Blue Shield and his former employer Willse and Associates.

Adler was sentenced by the Circuit Court of Baltimore City to 10 years in jail, all but five suspended, five years probation, and ordered to pay $3.2 million in restitution.

Prosecutors say Adler was employed from December 1988 through December 1990 as an accountant for Willse and Associates, a subsidiary of Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Willse’s primary business was the administration of health care funds for various large corporate clients. Beginning in December 1988, Adler began to write checks payable to fictitious companies he created and deposited the checks into bank accounts he controlled. With the money, he made more than 50 trips to Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and he also gambled in the stock market.

Following a two-day hearing, the Honorable Lynn K. Stewart concluded that Adler, now 52, had demonstrated no bona fide, good faith effort to pay restitution over the last two years, and sentenced him to serve the five years originally suspended at his September 1991 sentencing. The Office of the Attorney General argued that imposing the entire remaining sentence was the only remedy now available to the Court, considering the defendant’s checkered probationary history, admitted gambling compulsion, and absolute failure to pay any restitution since October 16, 2008.

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