Dixon Indicted

January 10, 2009

WHO'S WHO?

Sheila Dixon

* Baltimore's first female mayor, she assumed the position in January 2007 after Martin O'Malley became governor. She was re-elected later that year.

* The single mother of two became the first African-American woman elected Baltimore City Council president in 1999. She was first elected to the council in 1987.

* She began her career as a kindergarten teacher at Steuart Hill Elementary School and spent 17 years as an international trade specialist with the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development.

Arnold M. Weiner

* Dixon's lawyer is one of Baltimore's top defense attorneys.

* He served as lead defense attorney in the prosecutions of Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel and Rep. Edward Garmatz. Mandel's conviction on mail fraud and racketeering charges was vacated in 1987. Bribery charges against Garmatz were dismissed because the prosecution was based on forged evidence.

* The former assistant U.S. attorney and Maryland assistant attorney general was referenced in the Laura Lippman novel Butchers Hill as a top Baltimore attorney. His daughter, Deborah Weiner, is a reporter for WBAL-TV.

Robert A. Rohrbaugh

* The Maryland state prosecutor has led a three-year investigation into City Hall corruption, culminating in this week's indictments of Mayor Sheila Dixon, developer Ronald H. Lipscomb and City Councilwoman Helen L. Holton.

* The former assistant federal prosecutor and private Montgomery County attorney was appointed to his current post by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in 2004.

* He took a leave from his law practice in 1997 to assist a congressional investigation into allegations of illegal contributions to former President Bill Clinton's re-election campaign and is the former president of the Montgomery County Republican Club.

Ronald H. Lipscomb

* The prominent Baltimore developer had a romantic relationship with Dixon in 2003-2004.

* As head of Doracon construction company, he helped develop the Four Seasons hotel and condominium tower and the $90 million Spinnaker Bay residential tower in Harbor East.

Helen L. Holton

* The city councilwoman from the 8th District has served since 1995.

* She is a certified public accountant and chaired the council's Taxation and Finance Committee until this week, when she was removed pending the resolution of charges against her.

TIMELINE OF ALLEGATIONS AGAINST DIXON

2004

Jan. 15: Dixon uses a $2,000 gift certificate for a furrier, purchased by an employee of "Developer A," to buy a Persian lamb coat and burnt umber mink coat.

Jan. 23: Developer A, while at the Ritz Carlton in Avon, Colo., uses his American Express card to pay for $257.94 in expenses incurred by Dixon and charged to the developer's room.

Feb. 18 to Feb. 20: Developer A uses his credit card to charge more than $3,200 in travel, meals, lodging and other expenses while he and Dixon are in New York City. The charges are paid by Developer A's company.

March 16: An employee of Developer A charges on his personal credit card $1,518.20 for a plane ticket from Baltimore to Chicago for a passenger listed as Sheila Dixon.

March 24: Developer A charges $371.88 in toners, brushes, facial cleansers and moisturizers at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chicago.

March 25: Dixon uses her American Express card to charge $7,853.17 at Chicago stores including Saks, Giorgio, Coach and St. John Boutique, as part of more than $9,500 in charges during the trip.

April 2: Minutes after the last of three calls between Dixon's cell phone and Developer A's cell phone, another of the developer's employees cashes a corporate check for $15,000, which he gives to the developer.

April 9: $6,000 in cash is deposited by ATM into Dixon's checking account.

May 6: Dixon hands 40 $100 bills to a city employee and asks him to deposit the money into his personal bank account and write a $4,000 check toward her American Express bill. Three hours after the employee makes the deposit, Developer A calls Dixon's private number.

May 7: The city employee writes a $4,000 check on his account for payment of Dixon's American Express bill.

May 8: Dixon writes a $4,000 check payable to American Express.

May 10: $2,000 in cash is deposited into Dixon's savings account. A call is made from Dixon's cell phone to Developer A's cell phone.

Dec. 16: An employee of Developer A cashes a $2,000 corporate check, listed in the stub entry as "cash donations for needy families." That afternoon, Dixon calls Developer A twice. That night, 15 Best Buy gift cards for $50 each are bought with cash, and two of them are later used by Dixon toward the purchase of a video game, CDs and DVDs.

2005

Dec. 13: Another employee of Developer A cashes a $1,500 corporate check for "Christmas gift card." Dixon asks "Developer B" to buy gift cards for needy Baltimore families, and the developer uses a personal credit card to buy $500 in Best Buy gift cards and $500 in Target gift cards.

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