September 12, 2006
CONVICTED IN CURRAN’S CONTINUING
CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION AT UMBC
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that Joseph Don Cheek, of Neepier Road in Catonsville, has been
convicted of Bribery in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.
Cheek pled guilty before the Honorable John G. Turnbull, II in
with a bribery scheme from 2000 to 2004 involving
construction projects at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
County (UMBC). During the scheme, Mr. Cheek was employed as a Project
Manager for Bell Mechanical Services and Banks Contracting Company,
Inc., contractors that were involved in projects at UMBC. In the
court proceedings, Mr. Cheek admitted that he provided benefits
to state employee Andrew Reider, a UMBC Project Manager in the
Construction Services Division, in exchange for favorable treatment
in the awarding and administering of construction projects at UMBC.
The benefits included materials and labor for a new basement bathroom,
the purchase and installation of a new heat pump, and contributions
towards an annual golf vacation which Reider attended free of charge.
In exchange for the benefits, Reider, who was charged today with
accepting Mr. Cheek’s and others’ bribes, improperly
steered construction projects to Cheek’s former employers.
Sentencing is scheduled for November 21, 2006.
case was referred by the UMBC Police Department, and investigated
AG’s Criminal Investigations Division, the Maryland
State Police, and the University System of Maryland Internal Audit