Maryland employee sentenced for bribery

State worker must serve 1 year, pay back $10,506

August 12, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The seventh state employee convicted in a bribery scheme involving high-priced purchases from a Florida-based cleaning products company was sentenced to a year in jail yesterday in Prince George's County Circuit Court, the Maryland attorney general's office announced.

Judge Michael Whalen sentenced Lucinda Nasario-Easley of Largo - a former employee at the State Highway Administration's Upper Marlboro maintenance shop - to three years, with all but one year suspended. She was also ordered to pay $10,506 in restitution, after paying about $3,000 of the more than $13,000 owed to the state.

The sentencing was the last of the seven cases, and marks the end of the corruption probe involving state employees and Stone Cold Chemical Inc., the attorney general's office said.

Nasario-Easley, 29, had pleaded guilty in June to bribery and felony theft. Prosecutors said she spent $17,626 in state funds in 2001 and 2002 on items she ordered from Stone Cold in return for 15 separate bribes in the form of gift certificates to stores and amusement parks.

Nasario-Easley also admitted using her state credit card to steal more than $13,000 worth of ink cartridges, car tires and parts for herself, family and friends, authorities said.

She was fired in October 2002 - long before the Stone Cold investigation began.

The previously convicted defendants in Maryland's Stone Cold investigations - most on bribery charges - have received terms ranging from a suspended sentence to a year in prison.

Stone Cold has been implicated in bribery and other questionable transactions with government workers in several other states.

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