Drug Counselor Under Contract with U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Obstruct Justice
June 28, 2017
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DRUG COUNSELOR UNDER CONTRACT WITH U.S. PROBATION AND PRETRIAL SERVICES PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRING TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE
Licensed Drug Counselor Did Drugs with Federal Defendant, Helped him Obtain Drugs while in Jail, and Attempted to Conceal his Violations from Federal Judge
Baltimore, Maryland – A licensed drug counselor Jennifer Hamersky, a/k/a Jennifer Maroney a/k/a Jennifer Hurt, age 33, of Severn, Maryland, pled guilty to obstruction of justice and conspiring to conceal alleged violations of pretrial release by one of Hamersky’s clients who was a Federal pretrial defendant.
The guilty plea was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; William F. Henry, Chief, U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office, District of Maryland; and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Don A. Hibbert of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office.
According to the open plea agreement, Hamersky was a Clinical Professional Addictions Counselor, licensed by the State of Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and a contractor who provided services for United States Probation and Pretrial Service Office (“USPO”). Specifically, Hamersky worked with defendants in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, including mental health and substance abuse counseling, and urinalysis testing.
Person A, who was on pretrial release under the supervision of USPO, met Hamersky in September 2015, when she conducted an initial substance abuse screening as part of his pretrial release supervision. Hamersky recommended and USPO concurred, that Person A attend individual and group counseling sessions and submit to random urinalysis testing..
Hamersky served as Person A’s pretrial release substance abuse and mental health counselor from September 2015 through February 2016, and again from August 2016 through February 2017, with a break due to Person A’s incarceration. Hamersky was responsible for communicating Person A’s compliance with pretrial release conditions regarding potential violations involving counseling and urinalysis testing to USPO.
Court documents show that Hamersky conspired with a co-conspirator, whose initials are A.S., who was a defendant on federal supervised release. The conspiracy involved obstruction of justice in an effort to conceal from USPO officers and U.S. Magistrate and District Court Judges, Person A’s violations of his conditions of release. The violations include use of narcotic drugs or other controlled substances; failure to appear for urinalysis testing; and failure to appear for counseling sessions.
Specifically, court documents show that Hamersky included false information and material omissions in Person A’s monthly treatment reports which were submitted to USPO, and that she provided false information to Person A’s attorney and USPO regarding Person A’s compliance with conditions of release. In November of 2016, Hamersky submitted to USPO Person A’s urinalysis testing log that Hamersky knew had the forged initials of the urinalysis collector on reports in order to make it appear that Person A had participated in urinalysis testing, when in fact, he had not. To facilitate these false submissions, both Hamersky and her co-conspirator A.S., communicated with Person A to have him sign and complete the required urinalysis testing log for submission to USPO.
According to the open plea, between October 2015 and through February 2017, Hamersky and her co-conspirator A.S. conspired to prevent the communication to a law enforcement officer or judge of the United States information relating to violations of Person A’s conditions of release. Hamersky also used narcotic drugs, including using Oxycodone, with Person A.
While Person A was incarcerated at the Chesapeake Detention Facility, Hamersky facilitated his obtaining narcotic drugs for his personal use, then sent a report to Person A’s attorney to be used in court, which she knew contained false representations.
On January 24, 2017, Hamersky discussed with her co-conspirator A.S. how to conceal from Person A’s USPO officer the fact that Person A had missed a urinalysis test. The Defendant then called Person A’s USPO and left a voice message, falsely indicating that Person A had not missed his urinalysis test.
Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office, and Drug Enforcement Administration for their work in the investigation. Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Phil Selden and Rachel Miller Yasser, who prosecuted the case.