A bombshell story dropped this afternoon, with federal criminal charges announced in Prince George’s County regarding cash payments to liquor board members and at least two elected officials.
Four people were charged in federal court Thursday in connection to a long-running bribery conspiracy involving cash payments to officials with the Prince George’s County liquor board and to elected officials.
Two people with the liquor board and two business owners in the county are accused of conspiring to influence public officials, prosecutors said in a statement Thursday.
Among those charged Thursday were David Dae Sok Son, 40, the liquor agency’s administrator, and board commissioner Anuj Sud, 39, a College Park attorney.
“The defendants allegedly paid cash bribes to state and local officials in Prince George’s County in return for favorable action concerning liquor licenses,” Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement. “Our government is not supposed to work that way.”
Prosecutors assert the conspiracy dates from at least 2012 and extended through at least 2015, and includes a series of bribes, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. The investigation involved undercover FBI agents, wiretaps and what federal agents said were cash drops in a car’s glove compartment and in the men’s bathroom of a restaurant.
Rosenstein said Thursday that the investigation is ongoing, and according to court papers, additional charges will likely be filed and made public against two elected officials who are not named in the documents.
If these are delegates and/or senators, as seems likely, the timing couldn’t be worse with session about to start in less than a week.
Stay tuned. Large shoes are going to be dropping very soon.