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Posted on: January 5, 2017

Statement of County Executive Baker Regarding FBI Raids and Arrests

Statement of Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III Regarding FBI Raids and Arrests at the Prince George’s County Board of License Commissioners

Upper Marlboro, MD - Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, released this statement in response to news today of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raids on the Maryland State Controlled Prince George’s County of Licenses Commissioners, commonly known as the “Prince George’s County Liquor Board.”

“I am very concerned and deeply disappointed to learn of the news this morning that the Prince George’s County Liquor Board offices were raided and arrests were made by the FBI. Given the vigilance of my administration over the past six years to restore confidence in the Government, I commend the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, and the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) for their engagement and oversight of any corruption that takes place in Prince George’s County.

When I took office in 2010, regrettably it was in the wake of FBI arrests and prosecutions of County government officials. Since then, my administration has aggressively implemented ethics reform, enhanced oversight, and whistleblower protection.

I am concerned that today’s developments and the perception of corruption will be directed at the County government setting us back in our war against unethical and illegal behavior.

I want the citizens of Prince George’s County to know that I will leave no stone unturned to root out any and all County employees or appointees that are involved in any nefarious activity.”

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