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Baltimore City employees fired after OIG finds ethics violations

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Posted at 11:57 AM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 09:26:24-05

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Two Baltimore City employees have been fired after an Office of the Inspector General report revealed several ethics violations.

The complaint alleged two employees within the Office of Risk Management provided potentially confidential information pertaining to an upcoming City proposal relating to workers compensation claims.

An OIG investigation revealed that one city employee sent or forwarded confidential information via email to an employee of a vendor.

In other emails, the city employee referenced his friendship with one of the vendor's employees by using terms of endearment on multiple occasions.

The OIG also learned that both employees forwarded emails to unauthorized people containing confidential workers compensation information concerning two different City of Baltimore employees.

One of the Risk employees accepted two Baltimore Ravens tickets from the Vendor employee for $25 according to the investigation.

According to the OIG, the employees violated the Baltimore City Ethics Code by using their positions, which could have potentially resulted in an unfair competitive advantage and corruption of the city's bidding processes.

Both employees are no longer employed by the City of Baltimore. The employee at the Vendor was fired as well.