Manglitz granted bond as magistrate declares developer is no threat Action stems from charge he intimidated witness in money-laundering case

July 18, 1996|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

Saying that Glenwood developer and convicted money-launderer Philip Manglitz might have intimidated a witness but does not pose a danger to society, a federal magistrate in Baltimore yesterday granted him bond -- with strict conditions -- on the intimidation charge.

But Manglitz, jailed since his arrest last week on the witness-tampering charge, is in federal custody while prosecutors decide whether to seek revocation of a previous bond letting him remain free pending his sentencing in the money-laundering case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Harvey Eisenberg said prosecutors will decide by Wednesday whether to ask U.S. District Judge Herbert N. Maletz to hold Manglitz in custody after the new witness-tampering charge.

Manglitz, 48, had been free on electronic monitoring and $1.3 million recognizance bond pending sentencing on his recent money-laundering and drug conspiracy conviction.

Manglitz laundered hundreds of thousands of dollars for a western Howard County drug ring -- accepting bundles of drug money for subdivision lots, according to testimony.

Last week, he was jailed after being charged with sending threatening correspondence to a woman he believed was giving information to federal authorities -- an offense punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors contend that Manglitz contacted a woman who he believed told authorities about Manglitz's alleged plans to flee the country.

He sent the woman an unsigned envelope containing three pages of his trial transcript where her name is mentioned, according to court records.

Yesterday, his bond in the new case was set at a $1.3 million secured by a forfeiture agreement involving real estate, in addition to home detention and daily contact with a pre-trial services officer.

If Judge Maletz allows the bond to stand in the first case, Manglitz will be free until his Sept. 8 sentencing.

PTC In his ruling yesterday, U.S. Magistrate Paul M. Rosenberg said that if Manglitz had wanted to harm a witness, he could have done it before or during the trial.

Although Manglitz sent the woman the envelope to intimidate her, Rosenberg said, the magistrate added that he did not think Manglitz would do anything more severe.

Manglitz's defense had argued that Manglitz was trying to alert the woman -- a friend of the wife of Randolph Ayersman, one of the principal players in the drug ring who testified against Manglitz -- that her friends were involved in illegal activities.

Defense attorney Adam Hoffinger said the woman initially had been a defense witness and that Manglitz had no reason to think she was supplying information to federal authorities.

"It doesn't make sense. It defies logic," Hoffinger said.

Pub Date: 7/18/96

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