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Silver Spring woman accused of stealing meal money from elderly

A Silver Spring woman has been charged with stealing money from elderly apartment dwellers meant to pay for meals through a county nutrition program at their affordable housing complex in Gaithersburg, Montgomery County Police said Tuesday.

Police said Kunthea Lun, 29, of the 8700 block of Carroll Avenue, admitted taking about $388 from residents of the Forest Oak Towers Apartment. She is charged with theft under $1,000 and fraudulent misappropriation.

Lun was responsible for collecting contributions from residents to offset costs of a meals program offered through Montgomery County under a contract with the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC). Lun worked for HOC, police said, and was supposed to deposit the cash into a government account.

Commission supervisors noticed Lun had not made deposits in April and May although she had collected funds, police said. She stopped coming to work on May 21, according to police, who were called in after HOC reported the theft.

Mary Pat Flaherty works on investigative and long-range stories. Her work has won numerous national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize.

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