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Former Md. cabinet secretary indicted for bribery conspiracy

(Vladimir Cetinski /

(Vladimir Cetinski /

A former Maryland cabinet secretary was indicted Wednesday on federal bribery charges for allegedly conspiring to convince companies to subcontract with a company she was accepting payments from while working in various government offices.

Isabel FitzGerald, 47, of Annapolis, was one of three individuals indicted for the alleged scheme, according to an announcement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore.

FitzGerald served in various positions between 2007 and 2014 with the Department of Human Resources, now the Department of Human Services, before becoming secretary of the Department of Information Technology. Co-defendant Kenneth Coffland, of Riva, held various positions on DHR contracts.

The indictment alleges FitzGerald and Coffland agreed in late 2011 to receive financial benefits from the executives of a small Indiana-based consulting firm, The Consultants Consortium LLC, in exchange for FitzGerald performing official acts to benefit the company.

FitzGerald and Coffland allegedly solicited and demanded payment of portions of TCC’s profits on certain subcontracts.

Between December 2011 and August 2014, FitzGerald allegedly threatened to withhold funding approval or not renew contracts with a contractor to encourage them to form agreements with TCC. She also directed a contractor to hire Coffland to a director’s position with an annual salary of approximately $500,000.

Payments from TCC were made to a consulting firms owned by FitzGerald and Coffland for supposed consulting work performed by their firms.

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