Friday, October 30, 2020

Former Baltimore Del. Cheryl Glenn reports to prison for bribery sentence

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Former Del. Cheryl Glenn has reported to a low-security federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, to serve her sentence on a bribery conviction.

Glenn, 69, was sentenced in July to two years in federal prison for accepting thousands of dollars in bribes, in what a judge called “a deliberate scheme to take advantage of her political power.”

Danbury holds about 830 inmates and is best known as the setting for the memoir and TV show “Orange is the New Black.” It is also where “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice served a year for bankruptcy fraud.

The facility currently lists two active inmate COVID-19 cases.

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A Baltimore businessman caught paying some of the bribes to Glenn was sentenced to 18 months in prioson earlier this month.

Glenn acknowledged in a January plea agreement that she asked for and received bribes to carry out political favors related to the medical marijuana industry she helped establish in the state.

“Cheryl Glenn solicited and accepted more than $33,000 in bribes in exchange for official actions instead of doing her duty and putting the interests of the public above her own,” U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur said in a statement. “We expect our elected officials to serve the public, not to use their positions of authority to line their own pockets.”

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