10-month term set for Staubitz State Games figure also fined $15,000

October 03, 1992|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff Writer

John M. Staubitz Jr., the former state health official who spent nearly a month on the lam after being convicted of skimming thousands of dollars in the State Games scandal, was sentenced to 10 months in prison and fined $15,000 yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court.

"I think the court must weigh heavily the violation of the public trust which your behavior involved and your corrupt motive, including the involvement of your family in the coverup," Judge Andre M. Davis told the former deputy health secretary.

The judge, explaining his decision to impose a three-year sentence with all but 10 months suspended, cited Staubitz's decision to flee the state on the eve of his scheduled sentencing in July. Upon his release, Staubitz, 44, will be placed on three years' supervised probation and will be required to perform 1,500 hours of community service.

He also was ordered to reimburse the Baltimore Sheriff's Department $2,376 -- the cost of returning him to Maryland from Las Vegas, where he was arrested Aug. 21.

Staubitz pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in office in May, after claiming that someone had tried to kill him. He entered an Alford plea, in which a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges sufficient evidence for a conviction.

Prosecutors have said that Staubitz billed the state for such personal expenses as vacations, country club fees and an Ocean City condominium, and that he lied to legislators deciding the future of the State Games program. Some of the money allegedly came from funds allocated for the State Games program, an arm of the health department established to promote amateur athletics.

Staubitz continued yesterday to spar with Assistant Attorney General Carolyn H. Henneman, who said he was "a manipulator to the end" and called for Staubitz to pay more than $30,000 in restitution and to receive a 2 1/2 -year sentence.

"There were a lot of things in the prosecution of this case that quite frankly weren't according to Hoyle," Staubitz said. He complained he was not allowed access to documents that would have showed the involvement of the governor's office "in a lot of things that were going on."

After the hearing, he refused to elaborate. M. Albert Figinksy, one of his lawyers, said, "I have no idea what that's about."

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