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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Two Indicted In Prince George's Contracts Case

(Posted December 22, 2005)
"Two Indicted In Pr. George's Contracts Case"
Post, December 22, 2005 (by Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post Staff Writer)
A former senior contracting officer in Prince George's County and an Upper Marlboro accountant were indicted yesterday and charged with demanding a bribe from a subcontractor in exchange for securing a $1 million contract with the county, state prosecutors said.
"Ex-PG County official, accountant charged with conspiracy, bribery"
Times, December 22, 2005 (by S.A. Miller and Matthew Cella, The Washington Times)
. . . Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson criticized the six-month grand jury probe and the "ineptitude" of prosecutors led by Maryland State Prosecutor Robert A. Rohrbaugh, whose office's sole responsibility is to investigate government corruption in the state.

The county executive said Mr. Rohrbaugh improperly extended the investigation to areas "that had nothing to do with these little bribes."
"The prosecutor just went on a fishing expedition beyond any facts," he said. "He went and he dragged my entire staff before the grand jury, allowed the insinuation that there was corruption in my government."

Mr. Johnson, a former state's attorney for the county, said he was not challenging the grand jury's findings. He insisted, however, that his administration was free of corruption.
"Two Indicted In Probe of P.G. Contracts"
wjla.com, December 21, 2005 (AP)


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