Company officers guilty of paying housing official


Two officers of J&M; Construction Co., a firm that won more than $4.4 million in contracts through the Baltimore Housing Authority's no-bid repair program, pleaded guilty yesterday to making illegal payments to a program official.

Company President James M. Myers, 59, of Fallston and his son, Terry Myers, 29, of Abingdon, the company's secretary-treasurer, each could be sentenced to five years in prison and fined $250,000 May 24 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

During a hearing yesterday before U.S. District Judge Frederic N. Smalkin, the men admitted making illegal payments totaling about $10,000 to Charles Morris, who managed the housing program.

Morris pleaded guilty in August to accepting gifts and $22,000 from contractors. He is cooperating with the FBI while he awaits sentencing.

The guilty pleas yesterday bring to 12 the number of convictions resulting from a probe of the Housing Authority.

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