Former Construction Manager Convicted in
Attorney General’s Corruption Investigation at UMBC
MD (November 19, 2008) - Maryland Attorney General
Douglas F. Gansler announced today that a seventh individual has
been convicted in the ongoing corruption investigation involving
construction projects at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
County (UMBC). George Flores Alinsod, 58, of Upman Court in Catonsville,
was convicted in the Baltimore County Circuit Court of soliciting
bribes, procurement fraud, perjury, obstruction of justice, and
an overarching theft scheme to steal $206,069.00 from UMBC. Sentencing
is scheduled for February 23, 2009.
Alinsod pled guilty before the Honorable John Grason Turnbull,
II. Considered to be the central target in the State’s
investigation, Alinsod used his influence and power as UMBC’s
Manager of Construction Services to solicit bribes from a number
of contractors, subcontractors, and vendors conducting business
or trying to win construction projects at UMBC. In exchange for
the bribes, Alinsod manipulated the procurement process to steer
projects toward favored contractors and suppliers. In league
with contractors’ representatives and vendors, Alinsod
committed other frauds at the State’s expense, such as
allowing contractors and vendors to inflate their bills, paying
fictitious invoices, and arranging for unnecessary contract allowances.
From January 1999 to
June 2004, Alinsod’s bribes and frauds
scheme cost the State of Maryland, UMBC, $206,069.00, which paid
for expensive trips to destinations such as Ireland, Puerto Rico,
and Las Vegas, and items including golf clubs, scuba gear, a saddle,
plasma screen television, digital movie camera, computers and software,
residential heating and air conditioning units, professional HVAC
services, bathroom fixtures, kitchen cabinets, contractor’s
fees for renovations to Alinsod’s residence, hardwood flooring,
mirrored closet doors, expensive meals, and cash.
Alinsod is the eighth
person to be convicted in the Attorney General’s
investigation. Contractor Christopher Keehner was convicted of conspiracy to steal money, an unnamed UMBC employee 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.
The investigation and
prosecution was conducted by the Attorney General’s Criminal Division, spearheaded by the office’s
forensic auditor Harry Schulz, with assistance from division prosecutors,
the Maryland State Police, and David Mosca of the University System
of Maryland Internal Audit Office.