Supervisor, city workers fired in gambling probe

April 08, 2011|By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun

A city government supervisor and six other municipal workers have been fired after being caught allegedly shooting dice and drinking alcohol during work hours at a Transportation Department shop, according to a spokeswoman.

Adrienne Barnes, a department spokeswoman, confirmed Friday that those fired were among 13 arrested two weeks ago after a tip about gambling on the job prompted the city inspector general's office to raid the shop. The terminations were first reported by Investigative Voice.

Barnes said the others arrested in the raid remain suspended and that the investigation continues.

Agents with the city inspector general's office burst into the break room of the maintenance shop in the 3200 block of E. Madison St. on March 25 after receiving a tip about payday gambling from high-ranking transportation officials. The agents found workers hunched over a dice game with bottles of cognac, wine and beer nearby, according to police documents. Three sets of dice and $5,900 in cash were confiscated, documents showed.

The workers, members of a special-events unit that sets up for festivals and fairs, were charged with misdemeanor gambling offenses and suspended without pay. Supervisor Frank J. Amonica, who was not with the workers when the break room was raided, was also suspended without pay.

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