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Baltimore city official pleads in gift card case

Baltimore city official pleads in gift card case

A city housing official pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing gift cards meant for needy children, becoming the latest public figure snagged in a probe that led to Mayor Sheila Dixon's indictment last week.
Lindbergh Carpenter Jr., 44, of Owings Mills pleaded guilty to stealing $140 worth of gift cards bought with city money for a Christmas program.
The cards never went to needy children. Instead, Carpenter used them to pay for part of a Nintendo Wii video game console for his own family, prosecutors said.
Carpenter, who faced up to 18 months in prison, was sentenced to a year of probation and must cooperate in any ongoing investigations. His phone number is unlisted and prosecutors would not identify his attorney.
"There can be no excuse for public servants stealing from the very people who they are supposed to be serving," State Prosecutor Robert Rohrbaugh said. "Public employees who steal from the needy should be, and will be, prosecuted _ regardless of the position they hold or the amount they have stolen."
According to court papers, gift cards meant for the same charity event were found in Dixon's home. The mayor, who has denied wrongdoing, was indicted last week on charges she accepted a variety of illegal gifts, including gift cards, during her time as mayor and City Council president.
During a lengthy denunciation of the indictment last week, Dixon's attorney, Arnold M. Weiner, said most of the gift cards she received went to the intended recipients and characterized the ones she kept for herself as private gifts that she was under no obligation to disclose. Weiner has accused Rohrbaugh of unfairly targeting Dixon.


Updated : 2021-06-13 03:53 GMT+08:00