This week, it was announced that 48-year-old Jerome Walter Stephens of Baltimore had been ordered to pay a fine of $100,000 for Extortion Under Color of Official Right. The defendant was also sentenced to six months in community confinement and six months in home detection. Stephens will be required to perform 100 hours of community service. Stephens was the owner of a Baltimore construction and utilities company. He admitted to paying brides to co-defendant Daryl Christopher Wade and to soliciting bribes from others.
50-year-old Daryl Christopher Wade was sentenced to 15 months in prison for the same charge on November 9, 2018. Wade served as a city employee from 1988 to 2017. The plea agreements explain that Wade accepted cash payments in exchange for claiming he would be able to erase Baltimore DOT street cut fines. Both men admitted to attempting to or actually extorting other business owners throughout the city. Further details can be found here.