Charges in Young case are detailed

Information included in motion on his bid to move trial to Baltimore

July 10, 1999|By Walter F. Roche Jr. | Walter F. Roche Jr.,SUN STAFF

State prosecutors say former state Sen. Larry Young made numerous calls from the state telephone in his Annapolis office to arrange the time and the amount of bribes he was demanding from the head of a minority-owned health care firm.

New details of the charges against the West Baltimore Democrat were disclosed in an 18-page motion filed by State Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli in Anne Arundel Circuit Court late yesterday.

Young's corruption trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 7. He was indicted late last year on charges of bribery, extortion and filing a false tax return.

In addition to the phone calls, prosecutors say, Young's own Annapolis office computer contained evidence of a financial relationship between the legislator and Dr. Christian Chinwuba, owner and founder of PrimeHealth, a Lanham-based health maintenance organization.

The computer contained drafts of three unsigned promissory notes, two of them for $50,000, "with Young as the maker and Chinwuba as the payee," the motion states.

Young is charged with extorting money from Chinwuba in return for helping the physician win a state license and contract for his company.

Montanarelli disclosed the new details in the case against Young as part of a motion to block efforts by Young and his attorneys to have his bribery and extortion case moved from Annapolis. Last month, Young's lawyers asked Circuit Judge Joseph P. Manck to dismiss the charges or transfer the case to Baltimore.

Young's lawyers argued that the former senator should be tried in Baltimore, the home of the constituents whose interests, prosecutors allege, he betrayed. They also noted that Anne Arundel County is 82.5 percent white, while Young's former district is 79 percent black.

In addition to the telephone calls from Annapolis, the Montanarelli motion discloses that after Young called Chinwuba's office to arrange the payments, Young had his aide, Zachary Powell, drive him to designated meeting places in Baltimore and Lanham.

"At least one meeting was at a restaurant at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Anne Arundel County," the motion states.

The motion states that Young arranged for Powell, who was the senator's administrative aide, to receive payments of $8,000 from Chinwuba even though Powell performed "little service" for Chinwuba in return.

Prosecutors charged that it was while in his Annapolis office that Young first demanded a laptop computer from an official of PrimeHealth.

"He [Young] had numerous meetings in Annapolis with Chinwuba and his associates to discuss various issues relating to PrimeHealth," the motion states.

Additionally, prosecutors said, the senator met with top state officials in Annapolis as part of his effort to get PrimeHealth a license and a contract.

Citing the evidence, prosecutors said the judge should turn down Young's motions not only because "essential elements of the crimes" took place in Anne Arundel County, but also because the source of the former senator's power and duties was the General Assembly, "which meets and carries out its duties in Annapolis."

Pub Date: 7/10/99

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