DEA arrests developer on new charge Manglitz accused of intimidating a federal witness

Awaiting drug sentencing

Judge to determine if $1.3 million bail should be revoked

July 11, 1996|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

Two weeks after developer Philip Manglitz was convicted of laundering money for a western Howard County drug ring, he faces an additional charge of intimidating a federal witness.

Federal drug agents arrested the 48-year-old developer Tuesday night at his Glenwood home and charged him with sending threatening correspondence to a woman he believed was giving information to authorities.

Manglitz was formally charged yesterday with witness tampering a charge with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison -- in a hearing in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

The Adelphi native appeared in court wearing shorts, a T-shirt and an electronic monitoring device. He had spent the night in jail without a mattress, his attorney said.

Manglitz already faces up to life in prison for his conviction on charges connected with a drug ring that imported more than 3 tons of marijuana to Maryland over a decade. He is to be sentenced in that case in September. After an earlier hearing Monday, Manglitz had been allowed to remain free until his sentencing on a $1.3 million bond and electronic monitoring.

Tomorrow, a judge will determine whether he should be held without bond -- as prosecutors have urged -- while awaiting processing on the additional charge.

Manglitz's latest tangle with the law began when federal prosecutors became concerned that he might flee the country after his recent conviction.

They asked July 2 for Monday's hearing to revoke his bond after an informant told authorities that Manglitz planned to leave the country, court records show. In response, his defense attorney filed papers acknowledging that Manglitz had gotten passports for his children for a European trip that he planned to take if acquitted.

After prosecutors asked for the hearing -- but before it was held -- Manglitz sent a woman an envelope containing three pages of the transcript from his recent trial in which her name is mentioned, according to court records. Prosecutors allege he was trying to intimidate the woman, who he believed was the tipster who offered information to authorities.

No letter was included in the envelope, which arrived at the woman's house Saturday and contained no return address. The woman is a friend of the wife of drug dealer Randolph Ayersman, who testified against Manglitz. She told authorities she felt the transcript was a threat from Manglitz, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration affidavit.

Agents found Manglitz's fingerprints on the envelope, according court records.

The DEA report does not say whether the woman was the source of any information, but does say the woman once told Manglitz's attorneys that he was "the scum of the earth and that if someone had done something illegal, it would be Manglitz."

In the Monday hearing, U.S. District Judge Herbert Maletz allowed Manglitz to remain free until his sentencing, but increased his bond and placed him on electronic monitoring.

In court yesterday, defense attorneys suggested that federal prosecutors simply were trying to get around Maletz's ruling.

Defense attorney Adam Hoffinger suggested that the defense believes the federal tipster to be his former wife, Jocelyn, not the woman who received the envelope.

Hoffinger questioned why the prosecution did not come forward with information about the threatening mail until after Manglitz had been allowed to remain free. Prosecutors said they did not know about the correspondence until after the Monday hearing.

Manglitz -- who has previous convictions for drug and tax charges -- plans to appeal the money-laundering and drug conspiracy convictions.

In that case, witnesses testified that they gave Manglitz more than $600,000 in drug money to purchase subdivision lots in western Howard County.

In an interview last week Manglitz -- who often boasts about his past drug exploits -- said he never knew the money came from drug sales.

At yesterday's hearing, his attorney asked the court to order that a mattress be provided. The judge granted the request.

Pub Date: 7/11/96

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