Maryland State Senator Ulysses Currie indicted in Federal Court – Will have to step down from his Position


Powerful state senator indicted

Currie, Shoppers executives charged with corruption

The chairman of the state Senate’s powerful budget committee relinquished the post Wednesday after he was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of bribery, mail fraud and other criminal offenses.

Prosecutors say veteran state Sen. Ulysses Currie, a Prince George’s County Democrat, used his official position for personal gain by accepting payments to help a supermarket chain expand in Maryland. Also named in the 18-count indictment were two former executives with Shoppers Food Warehouse.

"When businesses can obtain valuable government benefits by putting a senator on the payroll, it diminishes public confidence and disadvantages companies that refuse to go along with the pay-to-play approach," the U.S. attorney for Maryland, Rod J. Rosenstein, said in a statement. "Government officials cross a bright line when they accept payments in return for using the authority of their office, whether they take cash in envelopes or checks labeled as consulting payments."

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-currie-indictment-20100714,0,2068511.story

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