Fallston Man Charged In Two Counts Of Bribery

February 23, 1992|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff writer

A Baltimore grand jury indicted a Fallston man Friday on charges of receiving bribes from two Carroll County men, both of whom serve as officers of trucking equipment companies.

In a two-count indictment, Floyd W. Dearborn, a retired city supervisor, was charged with receiving bribes to influence contracts while serving as a Baltimore motor vehicle specifications supervisor between 1984 and 1991.

Dearborn faces a maximum 12-year prison term and a $5,000 fine oneach count, according to state Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli.

Dearborn could not be reached at his home for comment Friday.

An investigation is continuing, and more indictments are expected, Montanarelli said.

The first count of the indictment charges that Dearborn was paid bribes in the form of cash, free vacations and merchandiseby Keith E. Graham of Westminster between 1984 and 1991.

Graham was employed as executive vice president of Snyder Body Inc. of Hampstead, Carroll County, until 1986. Snyder Body Inc. is now owned by Mark Snyder, a former Westminster councilman.

Snyder said he bought the firm in 1988 and has not conducted any business with Dearborn or Baltimore since the purchase.

"We've cooperated with the State Prosecutor's Office," said Snyder, a former state trooper.

Since 1986,Graham has been employed as president and treasurer of K & L Truck Equipment Co. Inc. of Hampstead.

Graham's attorney, Michael Libowitz, said his client was aware of the investigation but had hoped the prosecutor's office would have done a "complete and full investigationand realize he hadn't done anything wrong."

"We're disappointed to see this and we're concerned," Libowitz said. "Mr. Graham has not been indicted. When you have a businessman like Mr. Graham, it's devastating regardless of what ultimately will be shown in court. It's a shame."

The second count charges that Dearborn was paid bribes in the form of cash and merchandise by Charles W. Waddle of Manchester between 1984 and 1991. Waddle was president of Waddle Truck Equipment Inc. in Baltimore.

Waddle was not available for comment.

Libowitz said there is "no association between Waddle and Graham."

The indictment came after a two-year investigation conducted jointly by theOffice of the State Prosecutor, the Baltimore City Department of Audits and the Baltimore City Police Department.

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