Baltimore City employees indicted for selling city-owned scrap metal

Two transportation workers allegedly sold $30,000 worth of metal to private company

May 31, 2012|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

Two city transportation employees were indicted by a Baltimore court Tuesday for allegedly selling $30,000 worth of city-owned scrap metal to a private company and pocketing the proceeds, according to the Office of the State's Attorney.

Lee Kane, a traffic signal maintenance supervisor, and Theodore Wojtas, a traffic signal construction maintenance superintendent, allegedly sold more than 300,000 pounds of metal from the city transportation department's Poncabird facility, according to the state's attorney office.

The Office of the Inspector General was involved in identifying the scheme, and an investigation began in February.

The private company that purchased the metal was not identified.

Kane and Wojtas have each been charged with devising a theft scheme, conspiracy to commit theft and attempted theft, which carry a combined maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and $40,000 in fines, according to the state's attorney's office.

Both employees have been suspended from their jobs pending the outcome of the case.

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