Prince George's lawmaker indicted a second time

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  • Prince George's state delegate Alston indicted for stealing campaign funds (9/24/11)
  • Prince George's County Del. Tiffany Alston has been indicted -- again.

    An Anne Arundel County grand jury returned an indictment on Alston, prosecutors announced Thursday, her second indictment since September. This time, she is charged with stealing state funds to hire an employee of her private law firm as a legislative clerk in her General Assembly office.

    The employee never worked in Annapolis but was paid state wages for services performed while working at Alston's law office in Lanham, according to Maryland State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt.

    After resigning from Alston's law office in January 2010, the employee received $800 in $100 payments from the state in January 2011, according to the indictment.

    Alston already had been indicted for allegedly stealing nearly $6,000 in campaign funds in 2010 to pay for her wedding and to cover the salary of an employee in her law office.

    Alston, 34, faces a maximum sentence of roughly 20 years in prison if convicted of all charges in the two indictments.

    "Public service is a public trust, and persons elected to represent in the General Assembly have been entrusted to use their office for the good of the public," Davitt said. "The Office of the State Prosecutor will continue to work to vigorously investigate and prosecute public officers who betray the public trust and abuse their offices for personal gain."

    Alston's attorney did not respond for comment.

    The freshman delegate is best known for her push and subsequent backpedal from a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland earlier this year.

    She is one of a number of elected officials in Prince George's recently charged with corruption and unethical behavior. Former Capitol Heights Mayor and County Council candidate Darrell Miller was indicted in September with Alston for allegedly stealing at least $1,000 from his council campaign fund for personal use.

    And former County Executive Jack Johnson and his wife, former County Councilwoman Leslie Johnson, were sentenced last week for their roles in wide-ranging pay-to-play schemes in Prince George's initiated by Jack Johnson during his eight years leading the county.

    bgiles@washingtonexaminer.com

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