Two federal workers indicted on fraud, conspiracy charges

Pair from county named in corruption probe

May 26, 2000|By Rafael Alvarez | Rafael Alvarez,SUN STAFF

A pair of federal employees from Anne Arundel County were indicted on fraud and conspiracy charges yesterday along with a former U.S. Treasury Department official in a case involving money flowing through Treasury's Executive Office for Asset Forfeiture.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Maryland said yesterday that Crofton resident Clifford Quinn, 44, a senior analyst at EOAF, and Christopher Beisler, 31, of Severna Park were indicted in the corruption investigation.

The grand jury also returned an eight-count felony indictment against Jan P. Blanton, 49, chief of EOAF, an agency that receives about $250 million each year from currency and property seized in criminal investigations. EOAF dispenses tens of millions of those dollars to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Blanton served 20 years as an agent and manager in the Internal Revenue Service's criminal investigation division before she was named director of the forfeiture office in 1994.

Lynne A. Battaglia, the U.S. attorney for Maryland, said Blanton is charged with soliciting bribes and illegally steering federal contracts related to EOAF work to Quinn, an EOAF systems analyst who runs a private software company. The pair, according to Battaglia, were romantically involved as co-workers and are on administrative leave with pay.

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