Anuj Sud, 40, of Hyattsville, Maryland, faces a two-year prison sentence, followed by a $50,000 fine and three years of supervised release for soliciting and accepting bribes.
Aiming to overhaul the scandal-ridden liquor board, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker wants to replace four out of five commissioners and has announced his slate of nominees using a new oversight process that became law this year.
The former director of the Prince George’s County liquor board, who prosecutors said brokered bribes to Maryland lawmakers in exchange for changes to the state’s liquor laws, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy, bribery and obstruction of justice charges.
Anuj Sud solicited bribes from a lobbyist in exchange for help on the liquor board, authorities said.
Maryland’s governor signed 210 bills into law on Friday, but dozens of others will go into effect without his signature.
Two former members of the General Assembly have been snared in a probe of corruption involving a county liquor board and a third has been reprimanded by an ethics committee. “It’s the kind of behavior that can’t be acceptable here,” he said.
Former Del. Michael Vaughn, from Prince George’s County, has been indicted on federal bribery and wire fraud charges stemming from a corruption probe of the county’s liquor board.
The director of the Prince George’s County liquor board who was arrested in a bribery scandal last week had been cooperating with the FBI for months until he recently tried to sabotage the investigation, prosecutors say.
One of the Prince George’s County liquor board officials caught up in a federal bribery investigation resigned Friday, and County Executive Rushern Baker said he wants to see changes to how officials are appointed to the board.
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