June 3, 2005
EX-STATE EMPLOYEE CONVICTED IN CURRAN’S
CONTINUING CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that Lucinda Nasario-Easley, 29, of Cable Hollow Way in Largo,
Md. has been convicted of Bribery and Felony Theft in the Circuit
Court for Prince George’s County.
Mrs. Nasario-Easley, a former employee of the Upper Marlboro
State Highway Administration maintenance facility, pled guilty
the Honorable Judge Michael Whalen to accepting bribes from Stone
Cold Chemical Inc. in return for ordering grossly overpriced
janitorial and cleaning supplies from them on her State credit
card. In return
for her orders, she was sent bribes in the form of gift certificates
from ToysRUs, BabiesRUs, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Home Depot, Six
Flags Amusement Parks, Sears and Circuit City. Her scheme ran
2001 to September 2002. During that time period, she ordered
$17,626 worth of items from Stone Cold in return for 15 separate
all of which were sent to her home as per her instructions. One
example of Stone Cold’s over pricing involves a bottle of
window cleaner, for which Nasario-Easley spent $21 when the identical
product can be purchased retail for less than $3.
Mrs. Nasario-Easley also admitted to stealing more than $13,000
worth of automobile tires and parts, and three HP ink cartridges,
from the maintenance facility where she worked. Using her State
credit card, she ordered these items for herself, her husband
and her friends.
Stone Cold, a Florida cleaning supply company, as well as its
owners and salespeople have been successfully prosecuted in Georgia
Florida State Courts for bribing State employees, and the company
has lost its privileges to do business in Maryland by virtue
of Attorney General Curran’s Antitrust Division’s petition
to the Board of Public Works.
To date, Attorney General Curran has charged and convicted seven
former State employees with corruption in connection with his
ongoing criminal investigation into Stone Cold’s business practices.
Nasario-Easley’s sentencing is scheduled for August 11, 2005.
The maximum for Bribery is two to 12 years incarceration, and for
felony theft, 15 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.