Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning announced Wednesday a former Prince George’s County Liquor Board official pleaded guilty to conspiracy, obstruction of justice and bribery.
Forty-one-year-old David Sok Son of Bowie, Maryland was a commissioner on the Prince George’s County Liquor Board from 2005 through 2014. He served as a liaison for the Prince George’s County Senate delegation during the 2015 Maryland legislative session, returning to the Liquor Board in 2015.
Son facilitated and solicited bribes from business owners and lobbyist, including co-conspirators Sin Ja Lee and Young Jung Paig. The bribe recipients, then-Delegate Michael Vaughn and then-county Councilman William Alberto Campos-Escobar, aka “Will Campos.”
Son informed an FBI Confidential Human Source on April 4, 2014 that Campos needed $10,000 for his campaign for Maryland State Delegate. Campos agreed to accept the cash in exchange for him arranging another grant to be awarded to a CHS-selected organization, according to court documents.
Son met with the CHS in Lanham in April 2014. He said Campos would “hook [the CHS] up” with a developer that would retain the CHS’s services. He also told the CHS that Campos obtained a tax benefit for the business, so they owed Campos. CHS gave $3,000 to Son following the meeting.
Son gave the $3,000 to Campos in April 2014. Campos texted the CHS, saying, I owe you big time my man.”
Son facilitated and solicited bribe payments from business owners and lobbyists beginning in 2015. The business owners were interested in the “Sunday Sales Bill.” Campos agreed to use his influences to get the bill passed. After passage of the bill, on April 22, 2015, Campos met with Paig, Lee and Matthew Gorman, an attorney. Campos received $4,000 in cash from Paig, Gorman, Son and Lee.
Son received $4,000 in cash on October 19, 2015 for his assistance in ensuring the lobbyist’s clients received Sunday liquor sales licenses.
Son faces 35 years in prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 22, 2018.