Longtime Baltimore legislator Oaks charged with federal wire fraud
Another corrupt democrat? Imagine that !!
Maryland’s Senator Nathaniel Thomas Oaks is facing federal charges for allegedly illegal payments in exchange for using his political power.
The criminal complaint was filed Friday charging 70-year-old Oaks, of Baltimore, with honest services wire fraud. Oaks was appointed Senator in February 2017 but prior to that, served as a State Delegate representing District 41, Baltimore City, from 1994 until being appointed to the Senate. If convicted, Oaks faces up to 20 years in prison
The affidavit states that on September 21, 2015, a cooperating person identified as “the Cooperator” introduced Oaks to an FBI confidential human source known as the CHS. This person posed as an out-of-town businessperson interested in getting contracts in Baltimore through a minority-owned business, referred to as “the Company” in the affidavit. According to court document, the Company is an actual business that’s run by a different cooperating defendant who was helping the FBI in its probe.
Oaks met the source at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Pikesville in September 2015, authorities say. During the ensuing months, they discussed a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development project, with Oaks showing the source potential sites in the city.
“I’mma do everything within my power and my authority to lead you right into the, to the place where you can do well,” Oaks was recorded saying, according to the complaint.
In April 2016, the FBI says the source asked Oaks how much he wanted to be compensated. Oaks put a Tootsie Pop in his mouth and, when asked if $5,000 was enough, “shook his head from side to side and then made an upward motion with his thumb,” the complaint says.
A meeting took place between the Cooperator and the CHS at a restaurant in Pikesville, and both parties agreed to have it recorded. At this point, Oaks offered to help the CHS with business development in the state.
He appeared in court Friday in handcuffs, but was eventually released on his own recognizance.
Oaks, whose political base is Edmondson Village, was chosen in January by the Democratic State Central Committee to fill the 41st District Senate seat left vacant when Lisa A. Gladden resigned for health reasons. Oaks served 28 years in the House of Delegates; his tenure was interrupted for five years starting in 1989 after he was convicted of stealing from his campaign fund.
Since his return to the House in 1995, Oaks has not held a leadership position. But he has been a distinctive presence in his trademark kufi cap.
Sources: Baltimore Sun and FOX Baltimore