Maryland School Principal Pleads Guilty to Stealing Credit Cards

HOWARD COUNTY, Md.- An assistant principal in Howard County stole credit cards from colleagues and purchased gift cards and other gifts for her family. Patricia Kelly Murray, 40, who is presently on administrative leave, plead guilty to use of a stolen credit card to purchase goods/services in excess of $500, identity fraud, and theft under $1,000 in two of the three pending cases. The other case is in the inactive docket.

According to T. Wayne Kirwan, spokesman for the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, the state is asking for up to one year in prison, five years of probation, and restitution for the victims. Murray faces sentencing on August 16.

The state’s attorney, Devora Pontell, told the Judge that Murray made multiple purchases at four Montgomery Mall locations with a credit card stolen from a Long Reach High assistant principal. Pontell also described how Murray used another stolen credit card from the principal of Laurel Woods Elementary to purchases gift cards and gifts for her family.