April 22, 2005
BRIBERY CONVICTION IN CURRAN’S CONTINUING
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Chrissy
Martin of Knoxville Maryland, pled guilty to bribery in the Circuit
Court for Howard County. The Honorable Diane Leasure sentenced
Ms. Martin to two years in prison, with all but six months suspended.
Martin was also sentenced to three years probation and ordered
to pay court costs.
employee of the Dayton, Maryland State Highway Administration
maintenance facility between January 2002 and February 2003, received
bribes from Stone Cold Chemical, Incorporated, a janitorial and
maintenance supply company from which she ordered numerous items
using her State credit card. Martin, acknowledged in her plea that
she received hundreds of dollars of gift certificates from National
Ropers Supply, Outback Steakhouse, Victoria’s Secret, Dinner
Guest, and the Turf Valley Day Spa, for the purpose of influencing
her in the performance of her official duties as a State employee
and for neglecting and failing to perform the same. One particular
item which Martin ordered from Stone Cold was dated February 22,
2002, and was for 10 cans of "Blackout", a tar stripper,
at $1,425.96. This comes to $137.20 per can, plus freight, whereas
Stone Cold’s confidential price list has it at $3/can. 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’s office has charged a
total of six former State employees, three 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.
Lori Hare, 34, pled guilty to bribery in the Circuit Court for
Garrett County. Hare was an employee of the Accident, Maryland
State Highway Administration maintenance facility between January
2001 and November 2002.
investigation is continuing and more charges are expected.
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