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Baltimore businessman pleads guilty to paying convicted former delegate thousands in bribes

Posted at 1:54 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 14:07:08-04

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — A Baltimore businessman has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he bribed indicted former Maryland Delegate Cheryl Glenn.

“Lance Lucas paid $42,500 to former Maryland Delegate Cheryl Glenn in exchange for official actions, to give his businesses an advantage,” said U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur. “Legislative decisions should be made in the best interests of the public, not in exchange for bribes. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI will continue to hold accountable those who betray the public trust for their own greed.”

According to his plea agreement, Lucas worked for a company developing the Cyber Warrior Diversity Program curriculum, which offers training in the cybersecurity profession.

From May 2018 through July 2019, Lucas paid former Baltimore City Delegate Cheryl Glenn $42,500 for legislative favors.

One involved grants as it related to the Cyber Warrior Diversity program and the other involved medical marijuana licenses for another company Lucas was tied to.

Lucas admitted that he wrote checks to Glenn personally, not her campaign committee, and that he also payed in cash.

He assured Glenn that they would not be caught saying “I’m from Baltimore for real, for real Baltimore . . . This is the least illegal thing I’ve ever done. This is like patty-cake compared to the [expletive] in Baltimore City.”

Glenn pleaded guilty in late January to accepting $33,750 in bribes related to medical marijuana and liquor licenses.

Lucas faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison for honest services wire fraud and five years in federal prison for the Travel Act charge.

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled sentencing for June 10, 2020, at 9:30 a.m.