Former Baltimore Transportation Official Pleads Guilty to Taking $90K in Bribes

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The Charm City Circulator
The Charm City Circulator

The Charm City Circulator isn’t generating any cash from fares, but the man who used to run it just admitted taking in $90,000 on the side, in the form of bribes.

Barry Stephen Robinson,65, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for money laundering and 10 more for each of two counts of bribery after pleading guilty to the crimes, which prosecutors say took place when Robinson was Chief of the Division of Transit and Marine Services of the Baltimore DOT.

The Baltimore Sun‘s report of the indictment states that Robinson had intended to use some of the money — which he “earned” by undoing advertising debt and selling off city bus shelters — to pad his retirement fund. Robinson’s public defender credits his “lapse in judgment” to the man’s “poor health” and “very difficult financial circumstances.”

The Circulator’s financial circumstances are almost definitely even more difficult. It’s currently $11.6 million in the hole, and the deficit is predicted to grow to $73.2 million by 2024.

 



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