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Housing Authority official indicted


A federal grand jury indicted a project manager for the Baltimore Housing Authority yesterday on charges that he accepted more than $25,000 in bribes to influence repair and renovation contracts.

John L. Dutkevich, 46, of Timonium is charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting cash from representatives of six companies.

One company also paid his airfare and food and lodging bills during a trip to the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens in January 1991, according to the indictment.

The investigation began in February, when a representative of local building firm reported that Mr. Dutkevich solicited a bribe from him, according to the indictment.

Company officials went to the FBI and agreed to cooperate in an investigation.

According to the indictment, Mr. Dutkevich in July solicited $3,000 from FBI Special Agent James Whitenight, who posed as a private contractor.

Mr. Dutkevich faces 13 counts of accepting bribes relating to federally funded programs, and one count of interstate travel in aid of racketeering activities.

Daniel P. Henson III, executive director of the Housing Authority, said that Mr. Dutkevich was suspended without pay about a month ago, but he declined further comment.

Mr. Dutkevich declined comment when reached at his home yesterday.

Among his responsibilities were administration of repair and renovation contracts for certain Housing Authority projects.

The contracts listed in the indictment involve numerous repairs at the George B. Murphy Homes, McCulloh Homes Extension, concrete repair at the Lakeview Tower, brick restoration at Monument East senior citizens high rise, repairs for termite damage at the Emerson-Julian Homes, and brick and mortar repair at The Broadway.

Each contract was worth at least $5,000.

None of the companies or their representatives is charged in the case.

If convicted, Mr. Dutkevich would face of a maximum of 10 years in prison for each bribery count and five years in prison on the racketeering charge.

Each count also carries a maximum penalty of $250,000.

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