2 fired from state prison agency say they are whistleblowers

Posted at 7:34 AM, Oct 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-28 07:34:56-04

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Two Maryland prison agency managers who were fired amid misconduct allegations say they are whistleblowers who lost their jobs for exposing corruption.

Steven Geppi (JEP'-ee) and Debra Gonzalez Morin said in a conference-call interview Thursday they suspect the complaints made to Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen Moyer came from people who want corruption in the prisons to continue.

Geppi oversaw internal investigations and intelligence-gathering. Gonzalez Morin ran the intelligence unit.

The agency also announced on Wednesday the departure of John Spiroff, who directed internal investigations.

Spiroff didn't return calls from The Associated Press.

Geppi and Gonzalez Morin say they've made many enemies by investigating corruption.

Department officials haven't described the alleged misconduct. Spokesman Gerard Shields says managers must be held to a higher standard than other workers.

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