A Crime & Justice item in the July 22 Metro section incorrectly stated that a New York City police officer pleaded guilty to the May 2003 sexual abuse of a D.C. police cadet. The victim was a police cadet in Virginia, not the District. (Published 7/24/04)


Identity theft: A federal judge in Greenbelt sentenced a Silver Spring man to four years and three months in prison yesterday for mail fraud and identity theft, Maryland U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio said.

Shakiru A. Macauley, 44, also was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. to pay $204,411 to his fraud victims.

According to a statement of facts presented April 30 as part of his guilty plea, from August 2000 to December 2003, Macauley stole someone's identity on at least 30 occasions to take over his or her credit card accounts. He would provide the victims' identifying information to credit card companies to have convenience checks or additional credit cards sent to him, officials said. He later used the checks and credit cards he had obtained to make purchases.

Norris surrenders: Former Baltimore police commissioner Ed Norris surrendered yesterday to federal authorities in Florida to begin his prison sentence for corruption and tax crimes.

Norris was sentenced last month to six months in prison for using money from a city police account to pay for lavish dinners, hotels and romantic encounters with women. He will be confined at the minimum-security federal prison at Eglin Air Force Base, near his home in Tampa, Fla. The prison time will be followed by six months of home detention.


Officer pleads guilty: A New York City police officer pleaded guilty yesterday to sexually abusing a D.C. police cadet last year during National Police Week.

The officer, John F. Contento, 31, pleaded guilty on the second day of his trial at D.C. Superior Court after listening to the testimony of the government's first two witnesses.

Contento, an eight-year veteran of the New York police, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree sexual assault in connection with the incident on May 15, 2003, at the Best Western Hotel at 724 Third St. NW.

Contento faces as many as five years in prison and a fine of as much as $50,000 when he is sentenced Oct. 8 by Judge John H. Bayly Jr.

Shooting victim dies: A 19-year-old Virginia man who was wounded in a triple shooting last week died Monday, D.C. police said yesterday.

Greg Givens of Richmond died about 3:30 p.m. at Washington Hospital Center, police said. He and two other young men were shot about 11:40 p.m. on July 14 in the 1200 block of Holbrook Terrace NE, police said. The other two male victims, a 21-year-old and an 18-year-old, did not suffer life-threatening wounds, police said.

Police are offering a reward of as much as $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect. Anyone with information is urged to call authorities at 202-727-9099.

Compiled from reports by staff writers and the Associated Press.