Seventh state employee charged with taking bribes from company

Gift certificates used as lures, prosecutors say

April 26, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A seventh state worker has been charged with taking bribes from a company that handed out gift certificates as an enticement to get public employees to buy its cleaning supplies at inflated prices.

Anthony Bruce, 62, formerly at the State Highway Administration's Fairland Shop in Montgomery County, is accused of accepting 34 bribes worth a total of $4,300, the Maryland attorney general's office said yesterday.

The maximum sentence for bribery is 12 years.

Bruce is accused of buying high-priced products in exchange for gift certificates from Wal-Mart, JC Penney, Toys "R" Us, Sears Roebuck and Co., Bass Pro Shop, Men's Wearhouse, Outback Steakhouse and Disney, as well as Disney toys, Hershey's chocolates and a Fossil Watch, from January 2001 to October 2003.

Six others have been charged with accepting gift certificates and items from Stone Cold Chemical Inc., a janitorial and maintenance supply company. Some officials are charged with corruption in other states.

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