Man gets 6 months in jail for bribing bureaucrat

February 25, 1993|By Staff Report

A Westminster man has been sentenced to six months in jail for bribing a Baltimore public works official in exchange for city business for dump truck parts and service.

Keith E. Graham, 32, was sentenced Tuesday to two years, with all but six months suspended, and was fined $5,000 by Baltimore Circuit Judge Paul Smith.

The judge agreed to allow Graham to begin serving his sentence March 23 at the Carroll County Detention Center. Graham already has paid $100,000 in restitution, said Michael McDonough, an assistant state prosecutor.

Floyd W. Dearborn, who retired in 1991 as fleet manager for the city, was sentenced in December to a year in prison with all but four months suspended for accepting bribes in exchange for city business.

Prosecutors said Dearborn tailored bid specifications to fit the equipment sold by International Harvester and the other firms involved in the sales of dump trucks and equipment, such as dump truck hoppers and snow plows. Among those subcontractors was Snyder Body Inc., a Hampstead company that distributed hydraulic systems for dump trucks.

Graham was Snyder's vice president and general sales manager until 1986, when he left to form K&L Truck Equipment Co. Inc. Prosecutors said city business followed him to the new company.

Prosecutors said Dearborn received at least $48,000 in bribes from Graham for contracts to refurbish 17 dump trucks and provide the equipment for about 60 more. Graham also provided free vacation accommodations in Ocean City for Dearborn and two other city employees.

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