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Former Manager of UMBC Construction Sentenced to Three Years in Prison
George Alinsod Led Scheme that Resulted in Theft of Over $200,000

BALTIMORE, MD (February 23, 2009) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that George Flores Alinsod, former manager of UMBC Construction Services, was sentenced in Baltimore County Circuit Court to three years in prison for masterminding a theft scheme against UMBC. Judge John Grason Turnbull, II, also sentenced Alinsod to concurrent sentences of three years each for the crimes of Soliciting Bribes and Procurement Fraud, and suspended sentences for Perjury and Obstruction of Justice. In addition, Alinsod was ordered to serve five years of supervised probation upon his release and must pay restitution to UMBC in the amount of $206,069. Alinsod, a mechanical engineer, is also prohibited from performing work as a contractor, subcontractor, or consultant for the State of Maryland.

Alinsod used his influence as manager of UMBC 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 bribes, Alinsod fraudulently manipulated the procurement process to steer construction projects toward favored contractors and suppliers. Alinsod also conceived other procurement frauds, such as allowing contractors and vendors to inflate their bills to UMBC, allowing fictitious invoices to be paid by UMBC, and arranging for unnecessary cost allowances to be built into some contracts. The overages would then be siphoned off by Alinsod to buy personal items including sporting goods, electronics and expensive meals and trips.

This sentencing concludes the ninth case arising from the Attorney General’s investigation of corruption at UMBC, corruption largely conceived and spread by Alinsod. The investigation and prosecution was conducted by the Attorney General’s Criminal Division with the assistance of the Maryland State Police, and the University System of Maryland Internal Audit Office.


   

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