Former tax official gets 9-year term

November 08, 1990

A former state tax official was sentenced yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to nine years in prison for accepting $25,000 in bribes from area companies in exchange for lowering or wiping out their state tax assessments and fines.

Gary C. Fisher, 39, also must pay $25,000 restitution and will spend 10 years on probation after his release from prison. The crimes for which he was sentenced -- misconduct in office, bribery and falsification of public records -- were his first criminal convictions.

According to a sentencing memorandum presented in Circuit Court, Fisher's seven-year bribery scheme "was effected through a variety of corrupt acts and was diabolical in its cleverness." In all, Fisher wiped out $270,000 in tax liabilities owed to the state.

"He's hardly a first-time offender when you're talking about a pattern of corruption that goes back seven years," said Carolyn H. Henneman, assistant attorney general.

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