August 11, 2005
EX-STATE EMPLOYEE SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN JAIL IN CURRAN’S
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Lucinda
Nasario-Easley, 29, of Cable Hollow
Way in Largo,
Md. has been sentenced to three years in jail, with all but one
year suspended, after being convicted of Bribery and Felony Theft
in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County in June.
She was also sentenced to three years of supervised probation,
and ordered to pay restitution of $10,506 to the state of Maryland.
Of the more than $13,000 owed to the state, Nasario-Easley has
already paid approximately $3,000 back to the State.
Nasario-Easley, a former employee of the Upper Marlboro State
Highway Administration maintenance facility, was
sentenced by the
Honorable Judge Michael Whalen. Nasario-Easley had pled guilty
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 from July 2001 to September 2002.
During that time period, she ordered $17,626 worth of items from
Stone Cold in return for 15 separate bribes, 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 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
Cold, a Florida cleaning supply company, as well as its 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.
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.