Friday, May 27, 2011

Taxicab Drivers Allege Ethics Violations and Demand an Investigation

By guest author, Henock Wogderes.

Prince George's Taxicab Drivers
Allege Ethics Violations
and Demand an Investigation

Contact info:
Henock Wogderes 240-505-8184
Isidore Asukuo 301-257-8606
Getachew Mengesha 240-643-6298

Several taxicab drivers are filing complaints with the Prince George's County Board of Ethics for apparent violations of the County lobbying registration and reporting laws.

Taxicab drivers are also demanding that action on proposed CB-3-2011 be tabled pending completion of the investigation.
The taxicab industry, in Prince George's County and in many jurisdictions, is known for allegations of corruption. CB-3-2011 and the characters surrounding it and their actions speak to "pay to play" and "good ol' boy" politics that are well known in Prince George's County

Complaints to be filed with the Prince George's County Board of Ethics

County Ethics Laws require lobbyists both to register their activities and to file annual lobbying reports. Failure to knowingly comply is a misdemeanor.

Mr. John Lally has been serving as a lobbyist for members of the taxi industry for a number of years. He has lobbied the County Council and the Office of the County Executive, and employees in the Department of Environmental Resources, regarding taxi-related bills CB-48-2009, CB-36-2010 and CB-3-2011. Mr. Lally has publicly testified on many occasions and it is common knowledge that Mr. Lally has had meetings with Council members regarding some or all of these bills, and he has been seen speaking with County Council members and County employees before and after County Council meetings and committee meetings regarding these bills.

The 2010 and 2011 lobbyist registration lists that are maintained by the Board of Ethics and the Office of Law do not list Mr. Lally for 2010 lobbying on CB-36-2010 or for filing a lobby report. Also, Mr. Lally is not listed for 2011 lobbying on CB-3-2011.

Mr. Wayne Curry, the former County Executive, has been assisting Mr. John Lally as a lobbyist for members of the taxi industry for about the past four to six months. He has lobbied the County Council and the Office of the County Executive and employees in the Department of Environmental Resources, regarding CB-3-2011. Taxi drivers have heard for months that Mr. Curry has had meetings with Council members and with the Executive branch regarding this bill. Mr. Curry testified publicly regarding CB-3-2011 and he was seen speaking with County Council members and County employees before and after County Council committee meetings regarding CB-3-2011.

The 2011 lobbyist registration list that is maintained by the Board of Ethics and the Office of Law does not list Mr. Curry for 2011 lobbying on CB-3-2011. The actions of both Mr. Lally and Mr. Curry constitute lobbying.

If Mr. Lally and/or Mr. Curry have met the minimum compensation or expenditure threshold for 2009, 2010 or 2011, and not registered as a lobbyist and filed an annual report, then they would be in violation of County ethics laws in County Code Sections 2-295(a), (b), (c) and (g).

"Pay To Play"And "Good Ol' Boy" Politics

The taxi industry is full of corruption and former County Executive Jack Johnson was in the pockets of the taxi industry, fighting against economic freedom for the drivers. The taxi industry supported several candidates in the 2010 election that were known be Jack Johnson's candidates: Leslie Johnson, Michael Jackson and Angela Alsobrooks. Now that Rushern Baker defeated Michael Jackson, the taxi drivers are disturbed to see that he is following Jack Johnson's lead and supporting a corrupt industry. We can see no difference between the position of Jack Johnson and Rushern Baker in fighting against the economic freedom and independence of County residents of very modest means in order to benefit a monopoly.


Last year, the County Council unanimously passed a Bill (CB-36-2010) to give economic freedom and independence to taxi drivers by creating 400 new certificates and allowing 75 new certificates each year for 5 years, and all of these new certificates had to be owned by individuals, not taxicab companies. The companies fought hard CB-36-2010, using long-time County political player, John Lally, as their attorney-lobbyist. In addition, they made substantial campaign contributions, most notably to various slates including Council Member Will Campos, Council Member Leslie Johnson, Council Member Andrea Harrison, former Council Member Marilynn Bland, State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks and former County Executive candidate Michael Jackson.

Former County Executive Jack Johnson was a strong supporter of the industry, and during his tenure, numerous complaints about corruption and unfair treatment of drivers by the Department of Environmental Resources were ignored. Jack Johnson opposed CB-36-2011 and vetoed the bill, which the County Council overrode 7-0 on August 10, 2010.* Council Member Will Campos was absent for the vote.
* Of concern is that on the day before the veto override vote, the taxi industry gave $4,000 to "Progress for the People Slate" which consists of
The taxi industry filed an injunction against CB-36-2011, initially obtaining a temporary restraining order. The industry hired John Davey,
John Davey was appointed by Wayne Curry to represent the County at WMATA, with a sweetheart contact similar to the ones that the Washington Postreported concerning Marcell Solomon and Artis Hampshire-Cowan. Pr. George's paid more than $600,000 to Metro board alternate over 8 years, May 22, 2011.
a long-time County political player with ties to Wayne Curry, and Leonard Lucchi, another long-time County political player who served as County Attorney under Wayne Curry and as County lobbyist for Jack Johnson. At the follow-up hearing shortly thereafter, the County Attorney, Stephanie Anderson, refused to defend the law, claiming that there was a conflict of interest since the County Executive and County Council disagreed. The Judge ruled that there was no conflict of interest and held a hearing on the injunction suit -- even though the County had no lawyer to defend the approved law. In spite of the reckless action of the County Attorney, the injunction case had so little merit, that the Judge upheld CB-36-2010 even though no one was present to argue in defense of it. Rushern Baker has retained Stephanie Anderson (who was originally appointed by Jack Johnson), even though he dismissed many Department Directors to remove any concerns about improper activities in the Johnson administration.

CB-36-2010 provided for a lottery to issue the 400 newly authorized certificates to eligible drivers. Samuel Wynkoop, the newly Acting Director of DER, slowed down the process and held up any action until the drivers started protesting. Mr. Wynkoop was formerly the Director of the Department of Environmental Resources under Wayne Curry. Even after the new certificates were approved for some drivers, the Department of Environmental Resources staff moved very slowly to physically issue the certificates. Many invalid excuses were told to drivers that inquired. In addition, three dozen drivers were incorrectly ruled ineligible and filed appeals. Their appeals dragged on for months. Again, after public protests, Mr. Wynkoop announced that the three dozen certificates would be issued, but not as part of the 400 new certificates. Instead, these drivers would have to wait until the next 75 certificates are issued in the next annual round. This position has no logic, but plays to the effort of the industry to effectively repeal CB-36-2010.
Drivers are still being denied the certificates to which they are entitled.


On behalf of the taxi industry, John Lally and Wayne Curry have gotten Council Member Will Campos to present a bill (CB-3-2011) that will take away the newly won gains for drivers. Almost all of the newly authorized certificates will be rescinded. Just as bad, the newly issued certificates "which presently may only be owned by individuals" would become eligible for acquisition by the taxicab companies, and the ratio of certificates that taxicab companies may own will increase to 75%. This provision directly undermines the 2010 decision to try to lessen the taxicab monopoly that exists. Doing so is anti-free market and will hurt consumers.

Rushern Baker originally claimed to have no position on CB-3-2011, but at the Committee worksession on the bill, Samuel Wynkoop (Acting Director of the Department of Environmental Resources, and the former Director under Wayne Curry) came out in support of the bill, with some amendments that make the bill even worse. Wayne Curry was the most visible political of Rushern Baker's candidacies in the 2006 and 2010 County Executive elections. Mr. Curry's level of connection is clear from his appointment in November to serve as the Chairman of the Baker Transition Team.

Rushern Baker's point person on the CB-3-2011, who expressed Baker's support, is Brad Frome, Deputy Chief of Staff. For the past six years, Brad Frome was Chief of Staff for Councilman Will Campos. In addition, Brad Frome serves as Campaign Treasurer of the "Progressive Prince George's Slate", a slate that consists of Will Campos and Senator Victor Ramirez. During the 2010 election cycle (2007-2011), the taxi industry gave $6,500 to the "Progressive Prince George' Slate". These donations raise serious questions about the motives of Council Member Campos. Further, considering the ties that Brad Frome has to Will Campos (the proposer of CB-3-2011), and considering his role as Treasurer of the Slate taking in these influence-buying contributions, it is completely inappropriate for Rushern Baker to allow Mr. Frome any role in the public policy debate of the taxi industry, let along being the primary point person on the legislation.

Thus, Mr. Baker is getting his analysis from an Acting Director who used to work for the lead lobbyist and from his Deputy Chief of Staff who is closely tied to Will Campos and very closely tied to accepting the $6,500 of campaign contributions given to Campos' slate
The new "ethics law" that Baker has touted would not outlaw this type of donation to the Slate in the future.
Finally, Council Member Campos is pushing the County Council to take an extraordinary procedural action to jam CB-3-2011 through the process. CB-3-2011 was presented and went to Committee, where there was a lengthy worksession. Normally, it would be back in Committee for further consideration. Since the Council is in the midst of the budget process, normally, this would occur in early June.

However, last Tuesday, shortly before Council session started, Will Campos (with the complicity of Council Chair Ingrid Turner) sought to use a rare procedural rule to force CB-3-2011 out of Committee and immediately introduce it before the Council. Council Vice Chair Eric Olson, also Chair of the Transportation, Housing and Environment Committee that has CB-3-2011, had no idea of this attempted procedural effort. The taxi drivers had no idea that the Council might take an action to move the bill out of Committee. Also, we understand that Council Member Campos and Brad Frome had worked up revisions to CB-3-2011 that had not been shared with the other Council Members or the public.

As we understand it, after objections from Mr. Olson, the Council agreed to hold an extraordinary Committee worksession and a County Council session on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. These meetings had not been previously scheduled, and during the week that the County Council adopts the budget (Thursday, May 26, 2011), the County Council does not meet in regular session or in Committee.

This means that, in the midst of the very busy budget season, on a day that the County Council would not meet, Council Member Campos has made repealing the 2010 freedom for taxi drivers the number oneƂ  priority of County business -- all to reinstall a monopoly system that has long been known for allegations of corruption and unfairness. And, this is being done before CB-36-2010 has been fully implemented, so there is no way to know whether CB-36-2010 has had such a negative impact that it should be revised. CB-36-2010 contains an annual review provision to assess its impact, but CB-3-2010 is being pushed to repeal the law before the annual review can occur. This sudden action, with no rationale, speaks volumes that CB-3-2010 is a special interest bill, not a bill concerning the public health, safety and welfare.


Council Member Campos, who has received thousands of dollars in campaign donations, in conjunction with his former Chief of Staff, Brad Frome, who handled the money, is adamantly pushing repeal of a bill that gave drivers of modest means economic freedom and independence at the behest of unregistered lobbyists who are longtime politicos in Prince George's County. Players involved include former associates of the lobbyists and a former County Attorney.
Normal County Council bill process is being turned upside down to allow for extraordinary actions to speed up passage of the bill before more of the newly authorized certificates can be issued.
Authorized certificates are being held arbitrarily by an Acting Director who used to be employed by one of the lobbyists.
Is THIS the type of ethics and transparency that Rushern Baker had promised? Is this what it means to root out "pay to play" politics? Is the "good ol' boy" network alive and well in Prince George's County? Rushern Baker has much to answer for.
The taxi drivers demand that there be an investigation of the handling of CB-3-2011. This investigation cannot be conducted by County Attorney Stephanie Anderson, who already has acted with questionable motives. This investigation cannot be conducted by State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, who received substantial campaign contributions from the taxicab companies last year. The investigation should be handled by the County Board of Ethics (if it has the capability to do so), by the State Board of Ethics (if it is authorized), or by the Office of the State Prosecutor.
The taxi drivers demand that CB-3-2011 be tabled until an investigation is completed.
The taxi drivers demand that Rushern Baker remove his support from CB-3-2011.
The taxi drivers demand that Rushern Baker remove Brad Frome and Samuel Wynkoop from having any role in policy matters concerning the taxi industry, including with respect to CB-3-2011.
The taxi drivers demand that Rushern Baker order the Department of Environmental Resources to issue immediately all certificates for which drivers are eligible.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Richard Delabrer (former police sergeant) pleads guilty

Friday, May 20, 2011

Post: Guilty plea in black-market cigarette scheme

Guilty plea in black-market cigarette scheme.
Post, 19 May 2011 (Castaneda).
Full report

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Jack Johnson pleads guilty (Day 3)

Most, but not all. local news coverage, generally most recent items first.

Times: Developer in Johnson probe gave illegal campaign cash: Apparent beneficiaries

Developer in Johnson probe gave illegal campaign cash; Steele, Wynn appear to be beneficiaries.
Washington Times, 19 May 2011 (Andrea Noble).
Prince George's County politicians mentioned in the story as believed to have received campaign contributions from Greenbelt Station developer Patrick Ricker:
  • Marilynn Bland
  • Ulysses Currie
  • Samuel Dean
  • Thomas Dernoga
  • Camille Exum
  • Nathaniel Exum
  • David Harrington
  • Carolyn Howard
  • Obie Patterson
  • Douglas J.J. Peters
  • Ronald Skotz
  • Michael Steele
  • Michael Vaughn
  • Albert Wynn
See the full Times report. Note that except for Michael Steele, all of the above are Democrats.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Jack Johnson pleads guilty (Day 2)

Most, but not all. local news coverage, generally most recent items first.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Jack Johnson pleads guilty

Most, but not all. local news coverage, most recent items first.

Monday, May 9, 2011

PGPD Investigates Police-Involved Shooting in Cottage City

Police Department
Prince George's County, Maryland

7600 Barlowe Road, Palmer Park, Maryland 20785 / Phone 301-772-4710 / Fax 301-772-4948

May 09, 2011
For more information, contact:
Press Information

PGPD Investigates Police-Involved Shooting in Cottage City

Prince George’s County, Maryland…The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Special Investigative Response Team (SIRT) is investigating a police-involved shooting that occurred in Cottage City, Maryland.

On May 8, 2011, at approximately 5:00 p.m., officers responded to the 3800 block of Cottage Terrace to search for the suspect involved in a domestic- related shooting that occurred earlier in the day. While conducting a search underneath a bridge, officers were confronted by the armed suspect. The suspect was ordered several times to put the gun down, but he refused. The officer fired his service weapon; striking the suspect in the upper body. The suspect was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He has been identified as 49 year old Edward Vincent McRavin of the 4200 block of Monroe Street in Colmar Manor, Maryland.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that McRavin was involved in a domestic-related shooting that occurred around 10:45 a.m., in the 3600 block of Taylor Street in Brentwood, Maryland. McRavin fired his weapon at a 45 year old female victim, striking her in the upper body. He then attempted to fire his weapon at a 10 year old male victim but his weapon misfired, saving the child from injury. The female victim was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

The officer involved has been identified as 14 year veteran, Lt. Harold Simms, III, who is assigned to the Bureau of Patrol and has been placed on administrative leave in accordance with departmental policy.

For more information contact the Press Information Office at (301) 772-4710.


Monday, May 2, 2011

Leslie Johnson plea hearing cancelled

Leslie Johnson plea hearing cancelled.
Post, 2 May 2011 (Castaneda)
A Wednesday hearing at which Prince George’s County Council member Leslie Johnson was expected to enter a guilty plea in connection with a sweeping corruption probe has been cancelled, federal prosecutors in Maryland said.

Johnson (D-Mitchellville), 59, and her husband, former county executive Jack B. Johnson (D), 61, were arrested in November as part of an investigation into whether public officials in the county accepted and solicited bribes.

In March, prosecutors filed a criminal information charging Leslie Johnson with conspiracy to commit witness and evidence tampering, a legal step that means a defendant is likely to enter a guilty plea. Sources close to the case who spoke on condition of anonymity said that at the time, Johnson’s legal team was negotiating a deal with prosecutors.

Johnson’s defense attorney Shawn M. Wright could not immediately be reached for comment. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland said the hearing cancelled, but declined further comment.

Robert C. Bonsib, a criminal defense attorney who worked as a federal prosecutor and is not involved in the case, said one possibility for the cancellation is that attorneys on both sides were unable to agree on the details of a plea deal.

“Typically, when a criminal information is filed is suggests as plea has been agreed to,” Bonsib said. “When the plea hearing is cancelled, it suggest the agreement has fallen apart, though there are other possibilities.”

The case against Leslie Johnson is part of a six-year corruption investigation that prosecutors say involves other county officials and business people. The probe revealed that developers and others had been "regularly providing things of value" to public officials in return for favors, prosecutors said.

In addition to Leslie and Jack Johnson, seven other people, including three Prince George’s County police officers, have been charged in connection with the broad investigation.

The charges against Leslie Johnson stem from her alleged actions the day of her Nov. 12 arrest. According to court papers, she was overheard on a wiretap conspiring with her husband to flush a $100,000 check from a developer down the toilet and hide $79,600 in her undergarments.

Jack Johnson was indicted Feb. 14 on bribery charges, and prosecutors allege he accepted more than $200,000 from a developer in return for favors. He pleaded not guilty and said he will fight the charges.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Two Pr. George’s officers who beat motorist on video in 2008 return to full duty

Two Pr. George’s officers who beat motorist on video in 2008 return to full duty.
Post, 30 Apr 2011 (Castaneda).
Two Prince George’s County police officers who beat and pepper-sprayed a motorist during a 2008 traffic stop — an incident that led to the county paying a $125,000 settlement to the driver — have received additional training and returned to full duty, officials said.

The officers, John Wynkoop and Scott Wilson, were each found guilty of administrative charges during separate trial boards in January, said Capt. Misty Mints, a department spokeswoman. Mints said state personnel laws prevented her from disclosing additional details, but she said both officers underwent training and are now on full-time patrol duty.

Wynkoop and Wilson did not respond to messages left at their stations.

Wynkoop and Wilson had both been in administrative jobs, in which they did not have contact with the public, for more than a year, a police union official said.

Last week, Wynkoop was promoted from the rank of patrol officer to patrol officer first class, Mints said.

In February 2010, the county agreed to pay $125,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by Rafael A. Rodriguez, 31, a driver who accused Wynkoop and Wilson of false arrest and excessive force during a 2008 traffic stop in College Park. The incident was recorded by a video device mounted in a police car.

The officers stopped Rodriguez about 8 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2008, because they thought his car had an illegal blue-tinted turn-signal light, Wynkoop said in a charging document. After a conversation with Rodriguez, the officers returned to their cruiser, the video shows.

The officers returned to Rodriguez, and Wynkoop ordered him to turn off the engine and get out. Rodriguez did not immediately comply, and Wynkoop reached in and pulled him out, the video shows.

During a confrontation captured on video, Wynkoop slammed Rodriguez against the car and handcuffed one of his hands, and Wilson pepper-sprayed Rodriguez. The men briefly went out of camera range. Later, the video shows, Wilson struck Rodriguez with a police baton.

In the police charging document, Wynkoop wrote that Rodriguez, whom he charged with two counts of assault, struck him in the stomach with a closed fist. The video does not show Rodriguez trying to hit either officer.

Wynkoop is now assigned as a patrol officer in District III, based in Palmer Park, and Wilson is a patrol officer to District II, which is headquartered in Upper Marlboro, officials said.

Prosecutors dropped charges against Rodriguez.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Scandals Update (18 Feb 2011)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Scandals & Ethics Reform Update (17 Feb 2011)

Civil trial in 2008 police killing of Manuel de Jesus Espina, 43

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Scandals & Ethics Reform Update (16 Feb 2011)

  • Jack Johnson:
    • Post: Jack Johnson's indictment: Another blow to Prince George's (Editorial) How much more growth and progress might have occurred if the county's top official had exercised some semblance of ethical leadership?
    • GGLaurelLeader Updated story on former PG county exec Johnson, who was indicted by grand jury Feb. 14. Revealing transcripts released   
    • marylandmoment Activist holds vigil in hopes that Jack Johnson will enter a plea to federal charges: Miranda S. Spivak reports ... 
    • TBDFactsMachine Activist hopes prayer vigil can convince Jack Johnson to cop a plea: "He ought to use that money to help poor people."
  • Leslie Johnson:
  • Ethics Board:
    • PG-Politics: PG County's Pretend Ethics Board Post says PG Ethics Board reveiws ethics forms for completeness, not conflicts So what's the point of having board or forms? 
    • melcouncil9 Briefing yesterday: County Ethics Board's powers are woefully inadequate. It should have power to subpoena & initiate investigations. #fb 
    • melcouncil9 The County Exec. & County Council must work in unity to reform this unacceptable situation w/ our Ethics Board: #fb
    • Post: Corruption probe of Johnsons renews ethics reform debate in Prince George's  Board could set up regular ethics training for the county's 6,000 employees, but it has not done so for 24 years.  Not independent from county attorney and under county executive. There has been a vacancy on the five-member board for several years.  County Council members, including chair Ingrid Turner (D-4), have resisted Baker's overtures toward ethics reform,
    • Examiner: P.G. ethics board didn't meet last year board, appointed by county executive, cannot initiate investigations 
    • TBDFactsMachine At least 7 things are preventing the Prince George's County Ethics Board from reaching its full potential as a watchdog 
    • TBD What's holding back the PG County Ethics Board? Let us count the ways: (via @TBDFactsMachine
    • ElaheIzadi Why didn't the Prince George's County Ethics Board stop Jack Johnson's alleged wrongdoings? 
    • marylandmoment Prince George's ethics review commission sees challenges in cleaning up county: A commission created by Prince G... 
    • marylandmoment: Prince George's ethics review commission : Review of 2/15 ACI meeting

Monday, February 14, 2011

Recent Prince George's County News: Jack Johnson Indicted (14 Feb 2011)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Muffley vs. Turner (CAL1037537)

  • Date:    01/10/2011
    • Document Name:    Judgment for Plaintiff
    • Docket Text:    005a Judgment entered in favor of Plaintiff Shelly R. Muffley and against Defendant Henry C. Turner, Jr. in the amount of Two Million One Hundred Sixty Nine Thousand Three Hundred Fifty Nine dollars and Sixty cents ($2,169,359.60). mec
  • Date:    01/10/2011
    • Document Name:    Judgment for Plaintiff
    • Docket Text:    005c Judgment entered in favor of Plaintiff Shelly R. Muffley and against Defendant Ingrid Turner in the amount of Two Million One Hundred Sixty Nine Thousand Three Hundred Fifty Nine dollars and Sixty cents ($2,169,359.60). mec
  • Date:    01/10/2011
    • Document Name:    Judgment for Plaintiff
    • Docket Text:    005b Judgment entered in favor of Plaintiff Shelly R. Muffley and against Defendant Winifred Turner in the amount of Two Million One Hundred Sixty Nine Thousand Three Hundred Fifty Nine dollars and Sixty cents ($2,169,359.60). mec

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Melhi Companies Line Prince George's Officials' Election Coffers

The Melhi Corp. and Tick Tock Management contributed thousands to the campaigns of several Prince George's County elected officials in the last decade.
CNS, Nealy, 11 Dec 2010
(Another link)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

New interim police leader targets suspensions, moonlighting

Chief Magaw announces changes to tackle Prince George's department problems
Gazette, Noble, 7 Dec 2010
  • Cunningham, Gary (Lt. Col.)
  • Magaw, Mark A.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Jack Johnson's stamp on affordable-housing program in Prince George's (1/2)

Post, Wiggins, 4 Dec 2010

Jack Johnson's stamp on affordable-housing program in Prince George's (2/2)

Cont. for more labels

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Now entering their appearances…new Prince George’s corruption counsel!

Daily Record, Kearney, 2 Dec 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Turner and Associates LLC vs NSN Excavating Inc (CAL10-36043)

  • Court System:Circuit Court for Prince George's County - Civil System
  • Case Number:CAL10-36043
  • Case Description:Turner and Associates LLC vs NSN Excavating Inc
  • Case Type:Contract
  • Filing Date:11/18/2010
  • Case Status:Active Status 
  • Party Type:    DefendantParty No.:4
  • Name:    Shelly Muffley
  • Address:    1430 Wild Cranberry Court
  • City:    CrownsvilleState:MDZip Code:21032

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Former Prince George’s County Police Officer Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison in Bank Break-In

US Attorney, Distict of Maryland, 18 Oct 2010
GREENBELT, MD—U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced former Prince George’s County Police officer Eddie Lee Smith, Jr., age 42, of Fort Washington, Maryland, today to 30 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for a scheme to break into a bank to steal money from the ATM. Judge Messitte also entered an order that Smith pay restitution of $10,170.94, for the damage caused to the ATM. [More]
  • Smith, Eddie Lee, Jr.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Johnson, wife charged by feds in pay-to-play scheme

Prince George's County executive accused of taking $120K in exchange for federal development funds
Gazette, Tillman, Noble, & Hill, 12 Nov 2010

Affidavit in Support of Criminal Complaints

12 Nov 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Md. probes extortion claims

Post, Wiggins, 24 Jun 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

State looking into Prince George's County bribery complaints, source says

American Hospitality owner, staff member to testify before grand jury on lawmakers' alleged dealingsGazette, Valentine, 21 Jun 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

American Hospitality vs Prince Georges County

Maryland Judiciary Case Search (requires agreement to terms before loading specific pages)
Circuit Court for Prince George's County - Civil System, filed 19 Jan 2010

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Monday, September 28, 2009

Suburb Braces for An End to Tranquility

Pr. George's Backs Major Development Of Westphalia Area
Post, Wiggins, 28 Sep 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

D.C. Area Officers Subject of FBI Probe

Did Police Take Money to Protect Gambling Ring?
Post, Davis, 19 Jul 2009

  • Smith, Eddie (CPL, bank robber)
  • Unnamed officers may be connected to murder of Dewayne Dunmore, 37, by repeat murderer Benjamin Perry Jr.,
  • Unnamed other officers

Friday, October 3, 2008

Three Friends in Glare of Pr. George's Probe

Post, Helderman, Wiggins, & Cauvin. 3 Oct 2008

Sunday, September 28, 2008