Md. Developer Admits Making Straw Contributions

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A Baltimore County developer has pleaded guilty to making straw contributions to a county councilman and exceeding contribution limits.

Stephen Whalen entered guilty pleas on five counts during a court appearance Thursday morning. A judge imposed probation before judgment and a total of $53,000 in fines. Whalen’s attorney, Andrew Jay Graham, says his client paid the fines Thursday, which means he’s no longer under probation.

Whalen admitted giving $2,500 in cash to three different people who then gave that money to Councilman Tom Quirk last year. He also pleaded guilty to violating the limits on contributions during a Maryland election cycle.

Graham says his client took full responsibility for his actions. The sentence of probation before judgment allows the conviction to be expunged from Whelan’s record.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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