Friday, October 21, 2005
The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland announced the indictment of former state Senator Thomas Bromwell, his wife Patricia, and the CEO of a corporation, David Stoffregen, for using his office to conduct a RICO enterprise involving mail/wire fraud and extortion related to the award of state contracts to Stoffregen's company. Outside of the organized crime and drug areas, the main use of RICO these days seems to involve political corruption cases (e.g. Atlanta's former mayor Bill Campbell and former Illinois Governor George Ryan). According to the press release (here) issued by the USAO:
The indictment alleges that during the late 1990s and early 2000s, Stoffregen provided various benefits to Senator Bromwell in exchange for Bromwell’s agreement to use his influence and official position as a state senator to assist Stoffregen and his company, Poole and Kent. Alleged benefits that Bromwell received include construction work valued at more than $85,000 on a new house built in Baltimore County in 2000 to 2001 that was provided by Stoffregen for free or at a reduced cost; and more than $192,000 in payments provided to Mary Patricia Bromwell from January 2001 to May 30, 2003 for a no-show job at Namco Services Corporation.
The indictment further alleges that Senator Bromwell, who was chair of the Senate Finance Committee, used his influence to help Poole and Kent win a multi-million dollar bid to perform the mechanical subcontract on the University of Maryland Medical System’s (UMMS) Weinberg Building in downtown Baltimore. Bromwell also allegedly intervened in various business disputes on Poole and Kent’s behalf, including contract disputes with UMMS and the State of Maryland regarding the Juvenile Justice Center construction project.