Complaint against delegate goes to Md. attorney general

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

October 26, 2006|By Anica Butler | Anica Butler,SUN REPORTER

Anne Arundel County prosecutors have referred a criminal complaint against state Del. Tony McConkey to the Maryland attorney general's office, noting a conflict of interest. The county prosecutor's wife is opposing McConkey in the Nov. 7 election.

The Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office initially received a complaint about McConkey from Teresa Milligan, 42, of Pasadena. She filed a civil lawsuit Monday against McConkey, accusing the Severna Park Republican of committing foreclosure rescue fraud and tricking her into signing her townhouse over to him. He is trying to evict Milligan and her family, and a hearing in that matter is scheduled for Nov. 2.

Once the state's attorney's office received Milligan's complaint, it referred it to the Anne Arundel County Police Department, which sent it back to the state's attorney's office yesterday, according to spokeswoman Kristin Riggin.

"Our office has contacted the attorney general's office, who has assigned an assistant attorney general to look into the matter," Riggin said.

McConkey, who has represented central Anne Arundel County in the House of Delegates since 2003, is vying with three other candidates in a two-member legislative district. Among his opponents is Patricia Weathersbee, the wife of Anne Arundel State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee.

"There is an obvious conflict of interest for our office to investigate at this point," Riggin said.

Kevin Enright, a spokesman for the attorney general's office, confirmed that the two offices had conferred on the matter.

Said Enright: "The appropriate divisions are looking into the complaint."

A Police Department spokesman could not be reached yesterday, though a spokesman said Tuesday that the department typically doesn't handle complaints about real estate transactions.

McConkey, 42, a real estate agent, has denied any wrongdoing and charged that the allegations are politically motivated. He voted in favor of the 2005 law that criminalized foreclosure rescue scams.

"This is a witch hunt," McConkey said yesterday evening.

anica.butler@baltsun.com

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