March 17, 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 Lori Hare
of Grantsville, Md. in the Circuit Court for Garrett County.
Information alleges that Ms. Hare, 34, a former employee of the
Accident, Maryland State Highway Administration maintenance facility,
between January 2001 and November, 2002 received bribes from
Stone Cold Chemical, Inc., a janitorial and maintenance
from whom she ordered numerous items, using her State credit
Ms. Hare is accused of accepting hundreds of dollars in gift
certificates from Wal-Mart and Lowe’s 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.
Stone Cold’s owners and salespeople have been successfully
prosecuted in Georgia and Florida State Courts for bribing
State employees. To date, Attorney General Curran has charged
State employees with corruption in connection with his ongoing
criminal investigation into Stone Cold Chemical.
A criminal information is merely an accusation of wrongdoing,
and every individual is presumed innocent until the charges
by the State. The maximum penalty for Bribery is 12 years incarceration.
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 Police.