CUMBERLAND — A Grantsville woman is awaiting trial after being indicted on felony theft scheme charges stemming from an investigation by the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigations Unit.
Brenda Lorrine Byrnes, 42, was charged by criminal summons with five felony theft scheme violations. She was recently served by the Garrett County Sheriff's Office and granted pre-trial release, pending her next court appearance.
In February 2018, Frostburg Police and C3I initiated an investigation into allegations of theft after being contacted by several different property owners who owned student rental properties in Frostburg.
The investigation revealed that all the rental properties were being managed by A2Z Property Management, owned and operated by Byrnes, police said.
C3I investigators conducted interviews and reviewed financial documents, including bank records, canceled checks and credit card transactions as part of the investigation. Those interviews and documents led Investigators to the conclusion that Byrnes was responsible for the theft of over $200,000 from the victims.
The case was presented to the Allegany County grand jury that indicted Byrnes on five counts of theft scheme over $10,000 to over $100,000, depending on the amount allegedly stolen from each individual affected.
The alleged violations took place at various times between March 2017 through September 2018, according to electronic court records.