March 1, 2005
FORMER STATE EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH ACCEPTING BRIBES
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that a Criminal Information has been filed against Vivian McLean
Odom in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. The Criminal Information
alleges that Ms. McLean, a former employee of the Division of Corrections
(Baltimore Pre-Release Unit), between October, 2002 and February,
2003 received bribes from Stone Cold Chemical, Incorporated, a
janitorial and maintenance supply company from whom she ordered
numerous items, using her State credit card.
Ms. Odom is accused of accepting various pieces of fishing
gear and equipment valued at over $300, for the purpose
her in the performance of her official duties as a State employee
and for neglecting and failing to perform the same. The Attorney
General’s Office investigation is continuing, and more
charges are expected.
Stone Cold’s owners and salespeople have been successfully
prosecuted in Georgia and Florida State Courts for bribing State
A criminal information is merely an accusation of wrongdoing,
and every individual is presumed innocent until the charges are
by the State. This particular matter was referred to the Attorney
General’s Office Criminal Investigation Division by the
Internal Investigation Unit of the Division of Correction, and
by CID with the assistance of the Maryland State Police.