April 12, 2005
BRIBERY CONVICTION IN CURRAN’S
CONTINUING CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that
Lori Hare, 34, pled guilty to bribery in the Circuit Court
County. Hare, an employee of the Accident, Maryland State Highway
Administration maintenance facility between January 2001 and
November 2002, received bribes from Stone Cold Chemical,
janitorial and maintenance supply company from which she ordered
numerous items using her State credit card. Hare, of Grantsville,
Maryland, acknowledged in her plea that she accepted hundreds
of dollars in gift certificates from Wal-Mart and Lowe’s
for the purpose of influencing her in the performance of
procurement duties as a State employee and for neglecting and
failing to perform the same.
According to the evidence, Hare ordered over $22,000 worth of
over-priced items from Stone Cold, sometimes for as much as 12
times the value.
For example, she paid $37 per can of room deodorizer, $26 a can
of automobile polish and $28 a tube of waterless hand soap. Since
the bribes paid were computed as a percentage of the total order,
this served as an incentive to order more. The evidence showed
that Hare placed a total of 16 orders for which she was paid
a bribe each time. She directed Stone Cold to send the bribes
her home, rather than her office, presumably to avoid detection
of her scheme.
Stone Cold’s owners and salespeople have been successfully
prosecuted in Georgia and Florida state courts for bribing State
To date, Attorney General Curran’s office has charged a total
of six former State employees, two of whom have already pled guilty.
Linda Simms of Waldorf, Md. was convicted in Charles County Circuit
Court and given a suspended sentence and one year probation, in
addition to being ordered to pay a $1000 fine, while Vivian McLean
Odom, who was convicted in Baltimore City Circuit Court, was given
30 days in jail, a $500 fine and 2 years probation. The State’s
investigation is continuing and more charges are expected.
The matter was referred to the Attorney General’s Office
by the Legislative Auditor, and was investigated by the Attorney
General’s Criminal Investigations Division and the Maryland