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Events leading to indictment


Here is a chronology of events leading to yesterday's $H indictment of former state Sen. Larry Young:

Dec. 3, 1997 -- The Sun reports that Young is using his public office and tax dollars to benefit his private corporations. Senate leaders open an ethics investigation, and the state prosecutor's office launches a criminal probe.

Dec. 31, 1997 -- Young and his supporters demonstrate outside The Sun, claiming the conflict of interest charges are racially motivated.

Jan. 1, 1998 -- Young defends himself during a closed-door, five-hour appearance before the Joint Legislative Ethics Commission.

Jan. 12 -- The ethics com- mission finds that Young abused his office and recommends that he be expelled from the Senate.

Jan. 13 -- The FBI announ- ces it will examine the case.

Jan. 14 -- Vowing "I will not resign," Young marches to the State House with his supporters on the opening day of the legislative session and symbolically takes his seat.

Jan. 16 -- The Senate votes 36-10 to expel Young, the first time in 201 years that a Maryland lawmaker has been removed from the General Assembly by his colleagues.

Feb. 4 -- The Sun reports that key members of the Glendening administration, at the request of Young, helped the PrimeHealth Corp. obtain a license to be a health maintenance organization, despite serious financial questions about the company.

Feb. 7 -- An audit by the University System of Maryland confirms that Young and his LY Group received tens of thous- ands of dollars in consulting fees from Coppin State College in violation of state law.

Feb. 11 -- An effort to return Young to the Senate is rejected by Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who refuses to approve the reappointment by the Democratic Central Committee.

March 3 -- The Sun reports that a federal grand jury investigating Young has issued a subpoena to Glendening's office seeking records relating to the governor's staff and his fund-raising efforts.

April 3 -- The state prosecutor's office conducts a raid on PrimeHealth's offices based on an affidavit claiming Young may have been paid as much as $91,175 to help the firm win its state contract.

July 2 -- Young decides against running for re-election.

Aug. 28 -- Citing financial irregularities that include unexplained cash payments of $675,236, the Maryland Insurance Administration seeks a state takeover of PrimeHealth.

Sept. 8 -- Responding to the Young case and other conflict of interest cases, a state panel approves recommendations for rewriting Maryland's ethics laws.

Dec. 14 -- Young is indicted by an Anne Arundel County grand jury, charged with bribery and other crimes for allegedly taking payoffs from PrimeHealth officers in exchange for helping the company win a state license and HMO contract.

Pub Date: 12/15/98

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