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Current, Former Md. Delegates Linked to Prince George’s County Liquor Board Investigation

FBI raids liquor board, two liquor stores

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    News4's Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins has more on the fallout from an FBI raid county's liquor board office. (Published Friday, Jan. 6, 2017)

    A former Maryland delegate and a current Maryland delegate are connected to an FBI investigation into wrongdoing on the Prince George’s County liquor board.

    FBI agents raided the Prince George’s County liquor board offices Thursday in connection to a bribery and corruption investigation.

    Four arrests were made including liquor board Commissioner Anuj Sud and board Director David Son. Two liquor store owners also were arrested, their businesses raided.

    The federal affidavit for the investigation refers to an unnamed elected official who will be criminally prosecuted for accepting money in exchange for voting for the county's Sunday liquor sales bill in 2015.

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    Two officials with the Prince George's County liquor board and two liquor store owners face charges in a bribery conspiracy in which officials were paid to make favorable decisions about liquor laws, federal prosecutors said. News 4's Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports.
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    The chair of the Prince George’s County delegation for the Maryland House confirmed someone presently serving in the House and a former delegate are both involved in the corruption case.

    Warrants show someone on the House Economic Matters Committee who voted yes on the Sunday liquor sales bill is under investigation. Delegate Michael Vaughn was the only Prince George’s County delegate on the committee to vote that way. He has not been charged or named in the investigation.

    The affidavit also refers to an unnamed elected official who accepted bribes from Son. In the affidavit, the elected official bragged about having access to the Prince George's County Economic Development Incentive Fund -- grant money used to attract businesses to the county.

    County Executive Rushern Baker called the alleged activity deplorable and said his administration is cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation.