Attorney General Gansler Announces Another Contractor
Convicted in Connection with Corruption Investigation at UMBC
BALTIMORE, MD (June 18, 2008) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler
announced today that a sixth individual has been convicted in the
corruption investigation involving construction projects at the
University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Christopher J. Keehner,
39, of Oak Farm Court in Lutherville, was convicted in Baltimore
County Circuit Court of conspiracy to steal $24,000 from the University
of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Sentencing is scheduled for
September 17, 2008.
the president of DS Pipe & Supply Co.,
Inc. in Baltimore, pled guilty before the Honorable John G. Turnbull,
II for his role in the conspiracy to steal money in connection
with a construction project at UMBC. Keehner, through his company
DS Pipe, engaged in an overbilling scheme and used the proceeds
from the scheme to pay for personal benefits for himself, the temperature
controls contractor, and George Alinsod, the UMBC Construction
Manager who, according to Keehner, devised the overbilling plan.
The benefits shared by the conspirators included an all expenses
paid golf vacation to Ireland, a four day vacation at a resort
in Atlantic City, New Jersey, trips to Las Vegas, and cash.
is the sixth person to be convicted in the Attorney General’s investigation. UMBC employee Joseph Shryock
was convicted of felony theft, contractor Patrick Sisk was convicted
of bribery and theft, contractors Joseph Cheek and Dennis Roberts
were both convicted of bribery, and UMBC employee Andrew Reider
was convicted of procurement fraud, felony theft, and bribery.
All are awaiting sentencing. The case was investigated by the Attorney
General’s Criminal Division, the Maryland State Police, and
the University System of Maryland Internal Audit Office. In making
today’s announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant
Attorney General Kate O’Donnell for her work on the case.