DWI Hit Parade: Maryland State Police arrest eleven in DUI St. Patrick’s Day sweep; St. Mary’s Sheriff might have bagged one

On March 18th, the Sheriff’s website made no mention of any DUI arrests for St. Patrick’s Day but sources report that they did have one arrest, which considering all of the resources expended, wasn’t much in the way of results. St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron might well be reminded that when lives are saved by the removal of DUI drivers from the roadways, the public doesn’t care if the uniforms of those arresting DUI drivers are brown or blue — or even the new police fad of all-black military uniforms

Attention Taxpayers: Maryland politicos unite to dig up J. Edgar and move it to the “not-so Free State”

How can Governor Larry Hogan not look good when he is stuck in the middle between Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, who both look like refugees from the circus, Ben having lost his Bozo wig and Barbara as wide as she is tall looking like a double-stuffed avocado on steroids

‘Rain, rain, go away, make O’Malley Democrats pay another way’ – Gov. Hogan announces effort repeal rain tax

“Passing a state law that forces counties to raise taxes on their citizens against their will is not the best way to address the issue,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Marylanders have made perfectly clear that further taxing struggling and already overtaxed Marylanders for the rain that falls on the roof of their homes was a mistake that needs to be corrected.”

Pirate Poacher Kings of the Bay Have Nothing to Fear from Feckless Maryland Officials: stripped of license Reihl kept hauling in stripers

The State of Maryland has highlighted the actions of Maryland State Police and Natural Resources police using satellite technology, helicopters and watercraft as officers issued citations for poaching, undersize catches, and raids by pirate watermen on oyster sanctuaries. Two men who were subjects of arrests and issuing of citations are featured here along with results of when they appeared in court. They are brothers, Benjamin Leonard Reihl and Adam Vincent Reihl.

Benjamin Leonard Reihl

Chestertown, Md. — Benjamin Leonard Reihl was charged by Maryland Natural Resources Police Officer Rogowski with three counts of possession of undersized oysters on March 21, 2014 and in Talbot County District Court on June 19, 2014 was found guilty and fined $277.50 plus court costs of $22.50.

As Reihl appears to find Maryland rules for watermen and motor vehicle laws inconvenient to him, this PIRATE KING BOX SCORE is provided for our readers as well as for Reihl and his younger brother Adam.

Court records reflect Reihl using the Maryland Public Defender system on one occasion and only once hiring a private attorney; thus the money he saves on lawyers is used on paying fines. But court records reflect that on nearly a half dozen occasions he has been granted a deferred payment status by the courts, meaning that he was able to negotiate plea deals with prosecutors without the help of attorneys and then was able to have his payment deferred.

Fraud: Baltimore transit chief admits he stuffed cash bribes in his pocket while cutting deals for contractors with the city

Barry Stephen Robinson took a $20,000 bribe to cancel a $60,000 debt owed to Baltimore City, and a $70,000 bribe to allow the theft of city property worth $250,000,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “This sort of corruption can occur when dishonest people are trusted to handle valuable government property.”

Illegal War Profiteers: Middle-East provider of supplies for U.S. troops ripped off taxpayers for millions in major fraud scheme while American forces battled to make region safe for them to do business

In a separate civil settlement agreement, Supreme agreed to pay another $101 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, before U.S. District Court Judge Mary McLaughlin. The suit was filed by a former executive alleging that Supreme violated the False Claims Act by knowingly overcharging for supplying food and water under the SPV contract. The payment also resolves claims that, from June 2005 to December 2010, Supreme failed to disclose and pass through to the government rebates and discounts it obtained from its suppliers, as required by its SPV contract with the United States.

“These companies chose to commit their fraud in connection with a contract to supply food and water to our Nation’s fighting men and women serving in the desert,” said Memeger. “That kind of conduct is repugnant, and we will use every available resource to punish such illegal war profiteering.”

Feds fed million or more tax dollars to two sisters who milked non-profits dry and declared bankruptcy

Sisters Charged in Separate Indictments for Allegedly Embezzling from Non-Profit Organizations
Victim Non-Profits Provided Services to the Homeless, Disadvantaged Children, and a Baltimore Community

BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury has indicted Sharon Harrison, age 48, of Rosedale, Maryland, for embezzling more than $1.3 million from four non-profit organizations for which she worked and which received federal funding. Her sister, Kimberly Harrison, age 46, also of Rosedale, was charged in a separate indictment with embezzling funds from a federally funded non-profit organization she founded. She was also charged with bankruptcy fraud. Both indictments were returned in November of 2014.

Defense contractors and Marine indicted in price-fixing scheme for presidential helicopter maintenance

The Indictment alleges that KOLHAGEN illegally leaked confidential information regarding the cost of a proposed contract for the maintenance of HMX-1 helicopters. In turn, PENNINGTON and BOWLING unlawfully colluded with KOLHAGEN to artificially inflate the cost estimate of the bid proposal, and to draft the proposed contract’s statement of work and technical requirements in a way to favor Valour over other potential bidders, according to the indictment.

Constitutional Amendment: voters told politicians to keep their cotton-pickin’ hands off transportation trust fund after years of raiding by Democrats for pet projects

Constitutional Amendment: voters told politicians to keep their cotton-pickin’ hands off transportation trust fund after years of raiding by Democrats for pet projects

Ben Bradlee dead at 93

At lunch in Trader Vic’s in Washington DC in 1995, hosted by Bradlee for the purpose of giving his view on government to two newly elected Republican St. Mary’s County Commissioners, Larry Jarboe and Chris Brugman, Bradlee had a lot to say about the GOP takeover of Congress in the previous year’s election.
One thing that he said that stood out in my mind was that with so many Republicans elected to Congress and the dramatic shift of GOP being in charge of Congress for the first time in forty years, that there would be plenty for reporters to write about.
“They will be able to come to work and fill their lunch buckets every day,” Bradlee said.