A former Maryland delegate and Prince George’s County councilman has pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges, federal prosecutors said.
William Alberto Campos-Escobar, 42, accepted bribes in exchange for help with zoning rules and obtaining grant money, according to federal prosecutors.
Campos represented District 2 on the county council from 2004 until 2014. During that time, Campos and other council members were allowed to award $100,000 in grant funds to the non-profit service organization of their choice.
During one exchange, federal prosecutors say Campos and another suspect met with a cooperating witness on Dec. 9, 2012, to discuss moving the witness’s business to Prince George’s County. During their next meeting, the witness gave Campos an envelope with $3,000 in cash. Campos then told the witness to find a non-profit organization to share the grant with.
From 2011 through 2014, Campos also received between $21,000 and $24,000 from two county business owners in exchange for giving $325,000 in county grant money to entities controlled by those business owners, federal prosecutors say.
As part of his plea agreement, Campos will be required pay restitution of at least $340,000.
He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on April 10, 2017.
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