NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


August 29, 2000 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

FORMER CONTRACTOR FOR STATE PLEADS GUILTY TO PROCUREMENT FRAUD

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a former contractor hired to provide computer training for State employees, Lawrence Edward Slavin, 40, has entered a guilty plea to procurement fraud in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Slavin's sentencing is scheduled for November 13, 2000. The maximum sentence for the felony of procurement fraud is 5 years incarceration, a fine not to exceed $20,000, or both.

The Honorable Thomas J. Bollinger accepted Lawrence Slavin's guilty plea based on the following facts: In 1997, the State of Maryland entered into a procurement contract with Slavin, whereby Slavin's Baltimore County-based company, Belford Associates, would provide computer training to State employees. The procurement contract extended through June 30,1998.

As part of the Procurement contract, Lawrence Slavin was required to execute a Bid/Proposal Affidavit, in which he declared under penalties of perjury that he had never been convicted of the crime of theft.

Slavin's affidavit was false because on March 23, 1992, Slavin had been convicted of felony theft in the Circuit Court for Harford County, Maryland. For the felony theft, Slavin was sentenced to 10 years incarceration, all suspended, and he was put on supervised probation for 5 years and was ordered to repay over $100,000.00 in restitution.

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