The perennial Howard County Board of Education candidate, supposed former staffer to Governor Robert Ehrlich, and former director of opposition research for the Maryland Republican Party "pretended to be a United States Secret Service special agent in order to withdraw United States currency from a First Mariner Bank account that did not belong to him and for which he lacked permission or authority," according to a criminal information filed in Maryland's U.S. District Court. As of Sept. 1, his LinkedIn profile still described him as a staffer for Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Pitts, though Pitts' staff had told City Paper three weeks earlier that Ballinger was a former intern.

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