A seventh former state employee pleaded guilty in Prince George's County yesterday to charges she accepted $1,845 in bribes from a cleaning products company to buy its wares for her agency at exorbitant prices, the Maryland attorney general's office announced.
Lucinda Nasario-Easley of Largo, a former employee at the State Highway Administration's Upper Marlboro maintenance shop, admitted she spent $17,626 in state funds in 2001 and 2002 on items she ordered from Florida-based Stone Cold Chemicals in return for 15 separate bribes in the form of gift certificates.
Nasario-Easley, 29, also pleaded guilty to felony theft charges as she admitted to stealing about $13,000 in auto tires and other items, which she charged to her state credit card, from the SHA facility. She was fired in October 2002 - long before the Stone Cold investigation began.
Kevin Enright, a spokesman for Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr., said Nasario-Easley's plea means all seven of the former state employees charged in the Stone Cold case have been convicted. Enright said the investigation is continuing and more people could be charged.
Nasario-Easley faces maximum terms of 12 years for bribery and 15 years for felony theft at her sentencing Aug. 11. Previous defendants in the Stone Cold investigations - most of whom have faced only bribery charges - have received terms ranging from a suspended sentence to four months in jail.