- The Washington Times - Monday, October 17, 2005

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A former regional assistant superintendent for Prince George’s County schools faces up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced in January for money-laundering convictions in Norfolk.

Pamela Yvette Hoffler-Riddick, 44, also faces a trial next month on charges of witness tampering, the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot reported.

Hoffler-Riddick was found guilty Friday of five counts of laundering about $50,000 in connection with a $20 million drug international ring from September 1996 to January, when she was arrested.

According to court documents, she deposited large sums of money into bank and credit union accounts in connection with the drug ring.

She pleaded not guilty in February.

Her Richmond-based attorney, Steven D. Goodwin, did not return a call seeking comment.

Hired in 2003 by schools chief Andre J. Hornsby, Hoffler-Riddick oversaw about 40 schools in Prince George’s County, earning about $138,000 a year.

“She served the system well,” schools spokesman John White said. “And it was certainly a surprise when the initial issue arose, when we received the news of the arrest.”

Mr. White said her contract was not renewed in June.

Before working in Prince George’s, Hoffler-Riddick had been employed as a community superintendent in Montgomery County before being elevated to associate superintendent for shared accountability.

She also had worked for the Baltimore school system as executive director for intervention services and as a school administrator in the Hampton Roads area in Virginia.

The Virginian-Pilot said Hoffler-Riddick did not testify during her trial, and John Cecil McBride, a former boyfriend, testified against her.

Before her trial, she had said she didn’t know that McBride was hiding his drug profits by laundering them through her banking accounts.

Federal authorities said the ring imported cocaine and marijuana from Mexico and distributed it from Virginia to Texas to New York between 1996 and last year.

The drug and money-laundering ring handled more than 10,000 pounds of marijuana, more than 660 pounds of cocaine and 44 pounds of crack cocaine, authorities said.

At least 40 persons have been charged in connection with the ring.

—Robert Redding

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