Ex-Md. official gets nearly 9 years for embezzlement

December 27, 1996|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A former Maryland economic development official has been sentenced to eight years and 10 months in federal prison for embezzling more than $500,000 from investors, including a ministers' group.

David M. Robinson pleaded guilty in August to the theft of about $410,000 from Financial Diversified Services, an Anne Arundel County investment firm, and the Minister's Roundtable, a nonprofit corporation established by a group of Baltimore ministers.

During a sentencing hearing Dec. 20 before U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson in Baltimore, prosecutors also presented evidence that Robinson stole an additional $150,000 from members of the International Investment Consortium Inc., an investment partnership he formed to buy and renovate decaying housing in Baltimore.

In sentencing Robinson, Nickerson also took into account evidence that he had engaged in other fraud schemes and was convicted of federal mail fraud for accepting a $25,000 payment from an Anne Arundel couple to represent them in challenging a tax assessment before the U.S. Tax Court in Washington.

Nickerson described Robinson as "one of the most pernicious scam artists I've ever heard of."

The judge also sentenced him to three years of supervised release after he has served his term.

Robinson served a year in a work-release program after a 1989 conviction for defrauding businesses of more than $70,000 while he was an official with the Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development.

Pub Date: 12/27/96

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