Carroll Trucking Officials Implicated In Bribery Indictment

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

A Baltimore grand jury indicted a retired city supervisor Friday on charges of receiving bribes from two Carroll County men, both of whomserve as officers of trucking equipment companies.

In a two-countindictment, Floyd W. Dearborn of Fallston was charged with receivingbribes to influence contracts while serving as a Baltimore motor vehicle specifications supervisor between 1984 and 1991. The 64-year-oldHarford County resident recently retired.

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 Dearbornwas paid bribes in the form of cash, free vacations and merchandise by Keith E. Graham of Westminster between 1984 and 1991.

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

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

"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 clientwas aware of the investigation but had hoped the prosecutor's officewould have done a "complete and full investigation and 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. Whenyou 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."

George Balog, director of the Baltimore Public Works Department, said his office investigatedaccusations that specifications weren't general enough and were slanted toward certain vendors.

He said Dearborn was subsequently removed from his supervisory post to another position in the Public WorksDepartment. He said he was unfamiliar with any contracts with the Carroll firms.

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

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