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


November 14, 2000 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

FORMER STATE CONTRACTOR SENTENCED FOR PROCUREMENT FRAUD

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Lawrence Edward Slavin, of 110 Hickory Nut Court, Baltimore County, Maryland, has been sentenced for procurement fraud for lying in his Bid/Proposal Affidavit accompanying a Procurement Contract with the state. Hired to provide computer training for state employees, Lawrence Slavin, owner of the Baltimore County-based company, Belford Associates, Inc., falsely swore in his Bid/Proposal Affidavit that he had never been convicted of the crime of theft.

Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Thomas J. Bollinger accepted Lawrence Slavin's guilty plea to the felony of procurement fraud on August 29, 2000, and ordered a background investigation before imposing sentence. Judge Bollinger sentenced Slavin to 18 months incarceration, suspending 18 months and imposed a two-year period of probation to be supervised by the Division of Parole and Probation. As a condition of probation, Lawrence Slavin is not to engage in any contracts with the state. The state prosecutors had requested that the court sentence Slavin to a period of incarceration.

Last August, in a statement of facts, the court learned that in 1997, Maryland entered into a procurement contract with Lawrence Slavin, age 40, and his company, Belford Associates. The procurement contract extended through June 30,1998. As part of the procurement contract, Lawrence Slavin signed an affidavit, in which he declared under penalties of perjury that he had never been convicted of the crime of theft. Lawrence 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 1992 felony theft, Slavin was sentenced to 10 years incarceration, all suspended, he was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years, and he was ordered to repay over $100,000 in restitution.

"Mr. Slavin simply lied on his bid proposal affidavit and that is illegal in Maryland," Attorney General Curran said. "He can now add procurement fraud to his prior felony theft conviction."

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