March 10, 2005
EX-STATE EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH ACCEPTING BRIBES IN CURRAN’S
CONTINUING CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that a Criminal Information has been filed against Esther Coombs
of Brooklyn, Md. in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County.
The Criminal Information alleges that Ms. Coombs, 39, a former
employee of the Annapolis State Highway Administration maintenance
facility, between January 2001 and December , 2002 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. Coombs is accused of accepting hundreds of dollars in gift
certificates from Wal-Mart and ToysRUs, for the purpose of influencing
her in the performance of her official procurement duties as a
State employee and for neglecting and failing to perform the same.
Coombs is the fourth person charged so far in Curran’s investigation:
Vivian McLean Odom of Baltimore City, Chrissy Martin of Knoxville
Maryland, and Linda Simms of Waldorf have also been charged.
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 proven
by the State. The matter was referred to the Attorney General’s
Office by the Legislative Auditor, and was investigated by the
AG’s Criminal Investigations Division and the Maryland State