Former Coppin manager charged with procurement fraud

Coppin State University's former director of facilities was charged this week with multiple counts of procurement fraud, though details on his alleged crimes have so far not been revealed.

Jerry Lamont Stamper, 59, of Randallstown, faces three felony counts of procurement fraud stemming from incidents in September 2008, May 2009 and March 2010, according to the Maryland Attorney General's Office. Prosecutors allege that Stamper "falsified and suppressed material facts in connection with procurements made through the University, which resulted in his personal gain."

The indictment does not say which contracts or purchases were involved in the alleged fraud, or more details on how it was allegedly conducted. The state Attorney General's Office did say that the criminal investigation stemmed from information turned over by University System of Maryland auditors. Stamper faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

Coppin State University spokeswoman Tiffany R. Jones also declined to give more information. She said in an email Stamper left the university's employ in 2011.

"As a part of a regular and ongoing process, the university reviews, revises and implements operations that ensure accountability and internal controls," she said. "Our goal is to always maintain systems that are efficient and effective."

The Maryland Attorney General's Office said Stamper turned himself in to Maryland State Police after the indictment was released on Wednesday. No attorney was listed for him in court records.

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