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


March 27, 2002 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

STATE EMPLOYEE INDICTED FOR DOING BUSINESS
WITH WIFE’S FIRM

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the indictment* of William C. Leager, Sr., of 306 Hayden Road, Centreville, for 15 counts of procurement fraud, in connection with a series of State contracts between Leager’s employer, Maryland Environmental Services, and W & K Services, a business owned by Leager’s wife.

Leager, was Operations Manager at the Midshore Landfill and Easton Landfill, both located in Talbot County and operated by Maryland Environmental Services. Leager was responsible for all procurement at the Landfills. Between September 1999 and March 2000, he authorized and contracted for various services through 14 separate purchase orders with W & K Services, for a total of approximately $50,000. Under state public ethics laws a state employee or official must disclose the nature and circumstance of a procurement matter if the business entity is owned by family members.

All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted he could be sentenced on each count to a maximum of five years incarceration and a fine of up to $20,000.

The case was referred to the Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Investigations Division for investigation and prosecution by the Maryland Environmental Services.

*William Leager was acquitted by the jury in the 7/02 trial.