April 11, 2006
CONVICTED OF BRIBERY AND THEFT IN CURRAN’S
CONTINUING CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION AT UMBC
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that Patrick R. Sisk, 49, of Waterbird Court in Cockeysville, has
been convicted of Felony Theft, Conspiracy to Commit Theft, and
Bribery, in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.
Patrick Sisk pled guilty, before the Honorable John G. Turnbull,
II in connection with a bribery and theft scheme involving construction
projects at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
In the court proceedings, Patrick Sisk, the owner of Sisk Contracting,
a concrete contractor, admitted that he participated in a four
year scheme with a UMBC Construction Manager to generate a steady
stream of illegal cash by the submission of false and inflated
invoices to the University. Sisk allowed the UMBC Construction
Manager to create and submit the inflated invoices on behalf
of Sisk Contracting, to the general contractor, knowing that
the Construction Manager would ultimately approve the fraudulent
invoices. The illegal cash was then "kicked back" by
Patrick Sisk to the Construction Manager and to others at the
Construction Manager’s direction. The kickbacks included
payments for a variety of personal items, golf vacations, significant
home renovations for the Construction Manager and the Construction
Manager’s supervisor, and at least $35,000.00 in cash.
The total amount stolen from UMBC through the scheme exceeded
admitted that he participated in the scheme to insure that he
to get work at UMBC. During the four years of
the scheme, Sisk was a regular subcontractor on UMBC construction
projects. Sisk has agreed to cooperate in the State’s continuing
investigation into corruption in the procurement process at UMBC.
Sentencing is scheduled for September 27, 2006.
Sisk is the second person to be convicted in Attorney General Curran's investigation. One other person pled guilty to Felony Theft in Baltimore County Circuit Court.
The case was referred by the UMBC Police Department and the University
System of Maryland Internal Audit Office, and is being investigated
by the Attorney General’s Criminal Investigations Division
and the Maryland State Police.