Patrick Sisk Sentenced for Bribery and Theft in Connection
with Construction Work at UMBC
BALTIMORE, MD (June
24, 2008) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today
that Patrick R. Sisk, 51, of Waterbird Court in
Cockeysville, was sentenced in Baltimore County Circuit Court to
five years in jail, all suspended, and one year unsupervised probation
on his conviction for felony theft, conspiracy to commit theft,
and bribery. The Honorable John Grason Turnbull, II, ordered Sisk,
the former owner of Sisk Contracting Company, to pay a $5,000 fine
and prohibited him from performing work as a contractor or subcontractor
on any projects for the State of Maryland. The recommended suspended
sentence results from Sisk’s admission of wrongdoing and
assistance to State investigators early in the State’s investigation.
Sisk is the first of
several defendants to be sentenced for their role in corruption
at UMBC, centered on former staff in UMBC’s
Construction Services Department. Sisk, a concrete contractor,
admitted that he participated in a four year scheme with former
UMBC Construction Project Manager Andrew Reider to generate a steady
stream of illegal cash by submitting false and inflated invoices
to the University. Sisk allowed Reider to create and submit the
fraudulent invoices on behalf of Sisk Contracting to the general
contractor, knowing that Reider would ultimately approve the charges.
Sisk admitted that
he participated in the scheme to insure that he would continue
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.
This case was investigated
and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s
Criminal Division, with the assistance of the University System
of Maryland Internal Audit Office, and the Maryland State Police.
In making today’s announcement, Attorney General Gansler
thanked Assistant Attorney General Kate O’Donnell and former
Assistant Attorney General Paul Budlow for their work on the case.