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Four accused of $1M scam against FTI Consulting

A federal grand jury has indicted four people, including two from Maryland, in connection with a scheme to steal more than $1 million from global security consulting firm FTI Consulting Inc.

Janice McCumbie, 45, of Marydel;  Leonard Smedley II, 35, of Capitol Heights; Amber Gayleard, 29, of Schuylkillhaven, Pennsylvania; and Brian Hooper, 42, of Woodbridge, Virginia, all face conspiracy and wire fraud charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland.

According to the indictment, the scheme ran from August 2009 until November 2013. McCumbie allegedly used her position in the accounting department at FTI to have the company issue dozens of fraudulent checks worth nearly $850,000 to Smedley, and worth more than $217,000 to Gayleard, her niece.  The indictment alleges that Smedley and Gayleard shared the proceeds with McCumbie and that Smedley also shared the money with Hooper, a former FTI employee.

The indictment was returned on August 6, 2014, and unsealed Thursday after the arrest of all defendants. Each faces up to 20 years in prison for the conspiracy and for each of 10 counts of wire fraud.   All four were released under the supervision of U.S. Pretrial Services following initial appearances in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt and in Pennsylvania.

The indictment was announced by U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.