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Baltimore Mayor Indicted For Theft, Perjury

From a shocked Associated Press:

Baltimore mayor indicted on theft, perjury charges

By BEN NUCKOLS, The Associated Press

January 9, 2009

BALTIMORE — Mayor Sheila Dixon was indicted Friday on charges that she accepted illegal gifts during her time as mayor and City Council president, including travel, fur coats and gift cards intended for the poor that she allegedly used instead for a holiday shopping spree.

A grand jury indicted Dixon on 12 counts, including four counts of perjury and two counts of theft over $500. She was also charged with theft under $500, fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary and misconduct in office.

The State Prosecutor’s Office, which has been investigating corruption at City Hall for nearly three years, said Dixon received holiday gift cards for four years from several people. Prosecutors said the gift cards were to be distributed to needy families, but were instead used by Dixon to buy electronics – including an Xbox, a PlayStation 2 and a camcorder – clothes and other merchandise and also handed out to members of her staff…

Dixon said she would not step down. "I will not let these charges deter me from keeping Baltimore on the path that we have set."

Dixon, a 55-year-old Democrat, served on the City Council from 1987 through 2007 and as council president from 1999 through 2007. She became mayor in January 2007, finishing the term of Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley, and was easily elected to a full, four-year term later that year…

Some residents and city officials, including City Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector and City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, expressed support for the mayor Friday.

Construction worker Michael Scott said he believes the allegations were racially motivated. Dixon is the first black woman to serve as mayor of Baltimore.

"I’m pretty sure they got it twisted up," Scott said. "They could be saying anything just to drag her down. Prove it to me."

The indictment against Dixon does not name Ronald H. Lipscomb, a prominent developer who briefly dated the mayor and who was indicted Wednesday on one charge of bribing a City Council member. But Weiner confirmed Lipscomb was "Developer A" mentioned in the indictment who showered the mayor with gifts and took several lavish trips with her in late 2003 and early 2004.

Both were married at the time, although they were separated from their spouses. Dixon has since divorced.

The indictment describes Dixon taking money from Lipscomb and using it to buy expensive gifts – two fur coats and high-end skin products, for example – all while pampering herself with trips to New York City, Chicago and Colorado with stays at lavish hotels.

The documents describe an elaborate scheme by which Lipscomb paid for part of a shopping spree Dixon enjoyed during a stay in Chicago. At one point, Dixon gave $4,000 in cash to a city employee, who deposited it in his personal checking account and wrote a check to pay off part of Dixon’s American Express bill, according to the indictment.

Dixon obtained the cash after Lipscomb cashed a corporate check worth $15,000 and the two exchanged several phone calls, the indictment says.

Dixon has never listed any gifts from Lipscomb on financial disclosure forms. At the time of Dixon and Lipscomb’s affair, his company was involved in several projects that received tax breaks from the city

Perhaps more damaging is the allegation that Dixon stole gift cards meant for the poor. For four years running, according to the indictment, Dixon received gift cards that were supposed to be distributed to needy families.

The alleged scam continued through December 2007. According to the indictment, a city employee gave the mayor gift cards from Toys R Us that were supposed to go to poor children. Dixon gave one gift card to a staffer, and investigators said they found five more in a search of her home last summer.

Dixon received Best Buy gift cards from Lipscomb’s company in December 2004 and held onto some of them for a year before using them to buy CDs, DVDs and a video game, according to the indictment.

In 2005, Dixon hit up another unidentified developer for gift cards that she said would be used for needy families. The developer paid for 20 Best Buy gift cards worth $25 each, and Dixon used 19 of them, or $450 worth, to buy a camcorder, a video game controller and other electronics, the indictment says

Is this not amazing?

Not that a corrupt city mayor should be indicted. But that the AP managed to mention her party affiliation.

Of course they only did so in the eleventh paragraph.

(Thanks to BannedByTheTaliban for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 9th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

19 Responses to “Baltimore Mayor Indicted For Theft, Perjury”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    More corruption:

    Baltimore mayor indicted on theft, perjury charges

    By BEN NUCKOLS
    Associated Press Writer

    BALTIMORE — Mayor Sheila Dixon was indicted Friday on charges that she accepted illegal gifts during her time as mayor and City Council president, including travel, fur coats and gift cards that she allegedly used for a holiday shopping spree.

    A grand jury indicted Dixon on 12 counts, including four counts of perjury and two counts of theft over $500. She was also charged with theft under $500, fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary and misconduct in office…

    “I am being unfairly accused,” Dixon said in a statement. “Time will prove that I have done nothing wrong, and I am confident that I will be found innocent of these charges.”

    http://www.wral.com/news/national_world/national/story/4280635/

    Seems there is a common link amongst democrat leadership. You have to pay to play. And they all have the same excuse, I didn’t do it. I’m innocent. I’m not stepping down. And they continue to get away with their crimes.

    This from the same woman who waved a shoe shouting “now the shoe is on the other (meaning black) foot” to the previous white administrations. Of course she was just showing racial preferance.

    • 1laidbackRN says:

      Our political system is so corrupt from top to bottom. It’s really ridiculous. I see the U.S. Senate in her future though.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Once again the victim and race card are played in the same sentence. What? Don’t people of color commit crimes or does that have to be proved to some people too? My bad…..only white trash neocons are the perps of such behavior.

    • curvyred says:

      “Construction worker Michael Scott said he believes the allegations were racially motivated. Dixon is the first black woman to serve as mayor of Baltimore.

      “I’m pretty sure they got it twisted up,” Scott said. “They could be saying anything just to drag her down. Prove it to me.”

      Sho’ nuf! They be trying to keep that woman down!

      I think it will be pretty easy to prosecute this case – the gift card can be readily traced as to where it was spent, video tape from retail establishment can substantiate it.

      And why are certain cultures readily accepting of corruption – I just don’t get it.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      “Bulls of a feather flock together”
      No longer are you guilty…..you are a victim!
      If only you hadn’t caught me ………

  3. U NO HOO says:

    Isn’t Pelosi a native of Baltimore and wasn’t Pelosi’s father mayor of Baltimore.

    Just aksing.

    • GuppyNblue says:

      Yes. Her father, Thomas D’Alesandro, Jr. was a congressman in Maryland and Mayor of Baltimore for 12 years. There’s a lot of interesting history there.

  4. proreason says:

    Will she be convicted?

    Let’s look at the evidence.

    From her picture, she appears African American.

    Enough said.

    • pinandpuller says:

      Can she get busted for DWM (Driving While Mayor)? It seems safe to profile people for being politicians nowdays as opposed to ethnic or religious groups.

      I have fond memories of Baltimore. Getting accosted by a wino in front of Barnes and Noble. Seeing armed guards at Safeway. Getting caught in the middle of a Jerry Springer style brawl in the basement of a church on Easter Sunday.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      AH….those were the good ol’ days!!

    • GuppyNblue says:

      Everything is backwards/liberal in Baltimore. It’s nearly impossible for a good citizen to own a gun but criminals easily obtain them. We’re not allowed to put murderers to death but they put innocents to death daily.

  5. GuppyNblue says:

    BannedbytheTaliban
    Thank you for posting this. I’m a Baltimore resident and too familiar with the case. Sheila the Shoe (as we call her locally) has been in trouble before. She’s given contracts to family members without a bidding process and has always been friendly to criminals and harsh on the law. Also, evidence (like money) has a way of disappearing here in Baltimore.

    We finally have an indictment but that is typically as far as it goes in the Baltimore/DC area if you’re a liberal black politician. Unless the prosecutors, by some miracle, can get her to stand trial elsewhere she will not be prosecuted. A jury in Baltimore just won’t do it. Bribery is difficult to prove under normal circumstances but couple that with racially biased jurors and it’s sure bet she’ll go free.

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      I’m from just outside Baltimore, Delaware, but have since relocated to NC to be with those who aren’t like Joe Biden. Most people from the state view it as a 50/50 mix of a Philadelphia suburb or a Baltimore suburb. Most of us have learned to stay away from Baltimore, although the inner harbor is a nice area. Racial issues are usually big in the area. I remember the white girl who got assaulted by some “youths” on a bus not to long ago in Baltimore. It seems justice for her slipped through the cracks too. Its not just black politicians who get away with it Baltimore, when you arrive by plane at BWI you quickly realize the importance of the color in the area.

  6. StevefromMKE says:

    Well, the mayor’s office must be non-partisan. Has to be.

  7. Gila Monster says:

    I’m actually surprised the AP even mentioned her honorz party affiliation, that’s so unlike them. ;o)

  8. Barbie says:

    “Prosecutors said the gift cards were to be distributed to needy families, but were instead used by Dixon to buy electronics – including an Xbox, a PlayStation 2 and a camcorder – clothes and other merchandise and also handed out to members of her staff…”
    How despicable.

  9. Confucius says:

    CSI: Baltimore

    How can you tell if the perp is a Democrat?

    1. The crime scene is political office.
    2. The motivation is greed.
    3. The theft involves money-laundering.
    4. The alibi is “I’m helping.”
    5. The defense is “I’m the target of a right-wing conspiracy” or “racism.”
    6. The in-depth legal analysis is provided by a common street-dolt who always seems to side with the perp.


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