March 31, 2005
EX-STATE EMPLOYEE CONVICTED OF ACCEPTING BRIBES IN CURRAN’S
CONTINUING CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that Linda Simms of Waldorf, Md. pled guilty to Bribery in the
Circuit Court for Charles County. Ms. Simms, a former employee
of the La Plata, Md. State Highway Administration maintenance facility,
between January 2001 and January 2003 received bribes from Stone
Cold Chemical, Incorporated, a janitorial and maintenance supply
company from whom she ordered numerous items, using her State credit
Ms. Simms, 54, of University Drive in Waldorf, acknowledged in
her plea today that she accepted 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.
Judge Robert C. Nalley sentenced Simms to a two year suspended
sentence, a $1000 fine and one year probation.
Stone Cold’s owners and salespeople have been successfully
prosecuted in Georgia and Florida State Courts for bribing State
Attorney General Curran’s office has charged a total of six
former State employees to date, and his investigation is continuing.
One other defendant - Vivian McLean Odom - has already pled guilty
to Bribery and been sentenced in Baltimore City Circuit Court to
30 days in jail and a $500 fine.
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.