Ex-State Police Employee Guilty of Procurement Fraud

August 3, 1999

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a former Maryland State Police employee has been convicted of violating the State's procurement fraud law.

Diane Smith, 40, of the 8500 Block of Hydra Lane in Baltimore, pleaded guilty today in Howard County Circuit Court to one count of procurement fraud in connection with a State contract for the purchase of State Police motorcycle radios. Smith, who worked in the Electronics Division at the Waterloo Barracks in Jessup, violated the competitive sealed bid requirement by forging the name of Geo Communications, a business owned by one of Smith's acquaintances. The amount of the State contract was $14,052.00. Geo Communications was not awarded the contract for the radios.

After accepting Smith's guilty plea, Judge Lenore R. Gelfman sentenced her to a one year suspended sentence in the Howard County Detention Center, 12 months supervised probation, and a $1,000 fine, $700 of which was suspended.

The case was investigated by the Maryland State Police and the Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Investigations Division.

For Further Information Contact:
Frank Mann
Special Assistant to the Attorney General
(410) 576-6357