Former Md. lawmaker Cheryl Glenn charged with bribery, fraud

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Former Del. Cheryl Glenn is shown here. (Photo: file)

BALTIMORE, Md. (Reform Sasscer)  – Federal authorities on Monday unsealed charges against a former state lawmaker who represented Baltimore for allegedly taking more than $33,000 in bribes in exchange for various legislative actions, including voting to increase the number of medical marijuana grower and processing licenses available to an out-of-state company.

“The victims are all of us: taxpayers, the people of Ms. Glenn’s district, indeed, all Marylanders who are represented in the General Assembly … ,” U.S. Attorney in Maryland Robert Hur said at a news conference. “The people of Maryland expect – and they should expect – that elected officials place the interest of their citizens above their own. Unfortunately, the allegations in the charging document unsealed today show that Ms. Glenn betrayed that public trust.”

The trend is too familiar as shown by various illegal acts in Prince George’s County Maryland. These illegalities involve various officials including Dr. Monica Goldson and her minions. There have been questions as to how Delegate Dereck Davis who engaged in widespread conspiracy to reward his wife Dr. Monique Davis in Prince George’s County Public Schools as deputy CEO and got away with it.  This parttern of self dealings is part of an ongoing criminal conspiracy and fraud which has made many to have lose faith in the legal system. The illegal activities which are being covered up, have led to widespread consequences in Maryland due to lack of proper investigations, interference of the Maryland state courts handling cases of public interest and lack of proper oversight of many elected officials.

Bloggers and Journalists led by Josephat Mua have complained about ongoing public corruption involving Dr. Monica Goldson instead of investigating his claims, Angela Alsobrook’s government bullied him into submission. Monica Goldson as part of criminal activity has abused the court system including harassing former employees such as  Josephat Mua using the county police herself working closely with the corrupt union officers led by Theresa Dudley.

Prince George’s County bloggers reporting raised particularly serious questions about Monica Goldson’s ties to Organized “scheme to defraud”and corruption in July 15 2018, when others broke a story alleging money laundering by Monica Goldson and others tied to her. Among those he identified was County Executive Rushern Baker, Prince George’s County Executive who covered up the scheme and right-hand man who facilitated other schemes tied to the University of Maryland.

Order protects liberty, and liberty protects order. Today, the integrity of the institutions that protect our civil order is, tragically, under assault from too many people whose job it should be to protect them.

The rule of law is the bedrock of American democracy, the principle that protects every American from the abuse of monarchs, despots and tyrants. Every American should demand that our leaders put the rule of law above politics especially here in Prince George’s county.

Truth and Justice produce peace, stability and prosperity. 200 years of INSTITUTIONALIZED deception, theft, human rights abuses, abuse of power, disobedience of court orders, racism and discrimination in Prince George’s County have produced misery, inequalities and decay. Embrace revolution and #RejectMonicaGoldson Fraud.

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Delegate Dereck Eugene Davis is an American politician who represents district 25 in the Maryland House of Delegates. Davis has been a member of House of Delegates since January 11, 1995 and is currently the Chairman of the House Economic Matters Committee. He also chairs that committee’s public utilities work group. However, his real interest is money for public schools and deals involving businesses in which he has been able to benefit secretly at the expense of the Maryland citizenry.

We reprint the report by Washington Post below.

By Ovetta Wiggins

Veteran Maryland lawmaker Cheryl D. Glenn built her reputation in Annapolis fighting to legalize medical marijuana and trying to ensure that minorities secured licenses to participate in the multibillion-dollar industry.

She was the lead sponsor of the bill that created Maryland’s medical cannabis program, an effort she said was inspired by her late mother, who died of kidney cancer without being able to medically access the drug.

Glenn’s career in politics is halted amid accusations that she took nearly $34,000 in bribes to push legislation to benefit marijuana companies and other businesses.

“We expect our elected officials to put the interest of the public above their own. We do not expect them to sell their office to the highest bidder,” said U.S. Attorney for Maryland Robert K. Hur, announcing federal bribery and wire fraud charges that were filed in July and unsealed on Monday.

The charge was presented in a criminal information, a document that can be filed only with a defendant’s consent and that typically indicates a plea deal has been reached.

In charging papers, prosecutors painted a detailed picture of how they say Glenn (D-Baltimore City) accepted cash payments in exchange for supporting measures to expand licensing for out-of-state marijuana companies, create a preference for cannabis companies based in Maryland, relax the requirements to become an opioid clinic director and help a businessperson obtain a restaurant liquor license in her legislative district.

Glenn, 68, is at least the sixth current or former Maryland lawmaker to face criminal charges related to fraud or bribery in the past two years. A former chair of the Baltimore City delegation and the Legislative Black Caucus, she abruptly resigned from the House of Delegates on Wednesday. She refused to comment on the details of the resignation, except to say that it was due to personal reasons.

William C. Brennan, Glenn’s attorney, declined to comment on Monday. Glenn is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Jan. 22.

In the early days of the state’s three-year-old medical cannabis program, Glenn was a strong voice for transparency in the lucrative industry. The panel regulating the industry was named in honor of her mother, Natalie M. LaPrade. In 2017, Glenn appeared outraged by revelations, reported in The Washington Post, that applications for medical marijuana licenses had been graded by people with ties to the entities that had applied.

“The whole process needs to be restarted in order for the state of Maryland to have a clean medical cannabis program void of any corruption and collusion or anything,” Glenn said at the time.

Months later, prosecutors say, Glenn took her first bribe.

The U.S. attorney’s office accused Glenn of taking a total of $33,750 in bribes in five payments, beginning in early 2018 and continuing into 2019.

In April 2018, the charging document says, Glenn met an unnamed businessperson at an Annapolis restaurant and slid the person a white, letter-sized envelope with her property tax bill enclosed.

In exchange for a payment of $3,000, the document says, she had agreed to vote in favor of legislation that increased the number of medical marijuana growing and processing licenses available to out-of-state firms.

“I need your deposit slip and a check so there is no question who paid it,” the businessperson had told her in March, according to the charging document. “That way everything is kosher.”

Glenn is accused of asking the person to “pay it with cash.”

At the April meeting, Glenn told the person she had to “fight like hell” to get the legislation passed, the document says.

During a meeting in 2018, it says, Glenn told a businessperson that after she created a bill that helped a certain company secure a growing license, she was asked by others “who the hell they know? ’Cause they didn’t have any high-priced lobbyists or anything.”

According to the charging document, she replied: “They know God and Cheryl Glenn.”

A former teachers union official and former employee of Baltimore City schools, Glenn joins at least five other Maryland lawmakers charged with bribery or fraud in recent years.

In October, Tawanna P. Gaines, then a Democratic delegate from Prince George’s County, resigned before pleading guilty to a federal wire fraud charge. Gaines, who is awaiting sentencing, admitted to using $22,000 in campaign donations to purchase fast food and pay for dental work, hairstyling and other personal expenses.

Former delegates Michael L. Vaughn and William A. Campos, both Democrats from Prince George’s, were sentenced in 2018 to four and 4½ years, respectively, in federal prison for participating in a pay-to-play bribery scheme involving liquor licenses. Also in 2018, former state senator Nathaniel T. Oaks (D-Baltimore City) was sentenced to 3½ years for a bribery scheme involving a developer.

In 2017, Gary Brown of Baltimore was sentenced to probation for illegally bypassing state campaign finance limits while working for then-Baltimore mayoral candidate Catherine E. Pugh. He was charged days before he was scheduled to take the oath of office to fill a House seat that became vacant as a result of Pugh’s election as mayor.

Pugh, a Democrat, pleaded guilty last month to fraud and tax evasion conspiracies to illegally hide profits from sales of her children’s books to enhance her political and personal fortunes. Last week, the state prosecutor filed a perjury charge against Pugh relating to disclosure forms she filed in Annapolis while she served as a state senator.

Glenn introduced her first bill on medical marijuana in 2010. Four years later, the General Assembly approved a bill to create a state-regulated medical cannabis industry. The program took years to get off the ground, amid bureaucratic missteps and legal challenges.

In 2016, when the multibillion-dollar industry began operating, Glenn used her bully pulpit as chair of the Black Caucus to push for minority-owned companies to have a better shot at winning licenses. The bill failed to receive a vote in the final minutes of the 90-day session.

In 2018, Glenn sponsored a bill that increased the number of medical marijuana grower licenses and established a new cap for processing licenses. In 2019, she successfully sponsored a bill to legalize and regulate cannabis-infused edibles such as brownies and chocolate.

Glenn was known as an outspoken champion for Baltimore City, whose delegation she chaired this year.

She chaired the Black Caucus from 2016 to 2018, but her positions often clashed with some of the younger, more liberal members of the caucus. For example, Glenn sided with lawmakers who pushed to restore Maryland’s bail program after the state’s highest court instructed judges not to set bonds that are too high for poor defendants to pay. During a battle over how to address crime in Baltimore, she backed efforts to impose tougher penalties.

This year, Glenn chaired a subcommittee of the Black Caucus that recommended allowing members to belong to only one ethnic caucus, a move that one member who identifies as black and Latina described as an attempt to “purify” the caucus. The amendment was withdrawn following a backlash from members.

Fenit Nirappil contributed to this report.

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Call your Elected officials now and the media. Demand an end to this charade by the corrupt Maryland officials!

ORGANIZE! MOBILIZE!

Never give up. Never surrender. Never compromise.

We will liberate Prince George’s County through TRUTH and INTEGRITY.

#RevolutionNow #DespotsMustFall

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U.S. Attorney Robert Hur announces federal criminal information unsealed recently charging Former Baltimore Del. Cheryl Glenn with federal honest services wire fraud and bribery charges. Glenn allegedly solicited & accepted more than $33K in bribes.

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