July 6, 2005
JAIL SENTENCE IN CURRAN’S STONE COLD
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that Anthony Bruce of the 300 block of Howard Avenue in Rockville,
was sentenced to 12 months in jail after pleading guilty to bribery
and procurement fraud charges in the Circuit Court for Montgomery
County. According to the Statement of Facts, Bruce, 62, a former
employee of the Fairland State Highway maintenance facility in
Montgomery County, between January 2001 and October 2003, received
bribes from Stone Cold Chemical, Inc., a janitorial and maintenance
supply company from whom he ordered numerous items, using his
State credit card. Bruce also had pled guilty to procurement
that he fraudulently colluded with Stone Cold to receive personal
items of value in violation of the law. The Honorable Chief Judge
DeLawrence Beard presided.
Mr. Bruce was
by far the biggest purchaser of Stone Cold items amongst all
Maryland State employees charged in this investigation.
His total purchases from the company were $73,189.61. For those
purchases, made with his state credit card, Mr. Bruce received
34 bribes, in the form of gift certificates and merchandise, totaling
$4,300. Some of those gift certificates were from Wal-Mart, JC
Penney, ToysRUs, Sears, Bass Pro Shop, Men’s Wearhouse, Outback
Steakhouse and Disney, as well as Disney toys and accessories,
Hershey’s chocolates and a Fossil watch - all for the purpose
of influencing him to buy cleaning products at overinflated prices
and ship them at exorbitant prices as well. An example of the prices– Mr.
Bruce purchased cans of wasp spray, which normally cost around
$3, for $28.50 a can.
Stone Cold’s owners and salespeople have been successfully
prosecuted in Georgia and 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.
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