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Maryland Police Chief Indicted For Misusing Police Money (Good Old-Fashioned Corruption)
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Posted on 12/10/2003 5:35:35 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

Dec 10, 2003

Maryland Police Chief Indicted on Charges of Misusing Baltimore Police Money By Brian Witte Associated Press Writer

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's police superintendent resigned Wednesday after being indicted on charges of spending charity money on extramarital affairs and personal trips while he was Baltimore's police commissioner. Edward T. Norris will be re-instated if he is cleared of the charges, said Gov. Robert Ehrlich, who accepted the resignation.

Indicted with Norris on Tuesday was his former chief of staff in Baltimore, John Stendrini. They are accused of misusing more than $20,000 between May 2000 and August 2002 from an account created from three Depression-era charity funds set up to benefit police officers. The indictment was unsealed Wednesday.

"The defendants repeatedly used the funds as if it were their own ATM," U.S. Attorney Thomas DiBiagio said.

DiBiagio said the pair also used police officers to "transport female companions in connection with romantic encounters" between Norris and at least six women.

The indictment also alleges Norris traveled to New York for an affair, while Stendrini is accused of having an affair in Ontario, Canada, running up a $1,428 bill while purporting to attend a conference there.

In addition, Norris used money from the fund to "stock his house with alcohol, pay for travel, pay for gifts from Victoria's Secret and Coach," DiBiagio said.

Norris' attorney, Andrew J. Graham, did not respond to phone calls Wednesday seeking comment. Stendrini's attorney, Michael Schatzow, was out of town and could not immediately be reached for comment, his office said.

Norris, 43, was credited with sharply reducing crime during his tenure as Baltimore police commissioner from May 2000 through 2002. He came to the city from the New York police department.

He is charged with conspiracy to misapply funds, misapplication of funds and making a false statement in a mortgage application to a municipal employees' credit union. Stendrini, 60, is charged with conspiracy to misapply funds, misapplication of funds and obstruction of justice.

If convicted of all charges, Norris would face up to 45 years. Stendrini would face a maximum sentence of 25 years.

Norris was not the first police commissioner to use the fund. In the 1990s, Police Commissioner Thomas Frazier spent about $300,000 in five years, police said.

Norris and Stendrini were expected to surrender Thursday and make court appearances later that day.

Thomas E. Hutchins, secretary of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, will serve as acting police superintendent, Ehrlich said.

AP-ES-12-10-03 1932EST

This story can be found at: http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGAGJYV22OD.html

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: corruption; leo; policechief; resignation

1 posted on 12/10/2003 5:35:36 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
The pair used police officers to "transport female companions in connection with romantic encounters" between Norris and at least six women.

The indictment also alleges Norris traveled to New York for an affair, while Stendrini is accused of having an affair in Ontario, Canada, running up a $1,428 bill while purporting to attend a conference there.

Couple of real lover boys. Here's Hot Lips Norris.


2 posted on 12/10/2003 5:40:38 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Indicted with Norris on Tuesday was his former chief of staff in Baltimore, John Stendrini. They are accused of misusing more than $20,000 between May 2000 and August 2002 from an account created from three Depression-era charity funds set up to benefit police officers.

I frankly don't see the problem here. Didn't they use the funds to benefit police officers?

 

 

 

 

 

.../sarcasm...

3 posted on 12/10/2003 5:46:44 PM PST by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"Norris, 43, was credited with sharply reducing crime during his tenure as Baltimore
police commissioner from May 2000 through 2002."

This cannot be true.

4 posted on 12/10/2003 5:49:22 PM PST by StormEye
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Here is an earlier article from the Baltimore Pravda and a couple of comments:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1037779/posts

One of my neighbors is a first sergeant in the State Police and he can not stand Norris. He says a lot of the troopers feel that way, both rank and file and management.
5 posted on 12/10/2003 5:50:35 PM PST by RebelBanker (Deo Vindice)
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To: StormEye
Actually, he seemed to to a good job on that end of it. We will see how the rest of the story turns out.
6 posted on 12/10/2003 5:53:43 PM PST by RebelBanker (Deo Vindice)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Norris, 43, was credited with sharply reducing crime during his tenure as Baltimore police commissioner from May 2000 through 2002.

Kinda like how crime is "reduced" when the mob moves in to "protect" a neighborhood?

7 posted on 12/10/2003 5:59:08 PM PST by TankerKC (Don’t mistake my defensive response for commitment.)
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