Ex-Lawmaker Gets 4 1/2-Year Prison Term for Role in Prince George’s Liquor Case

A federal judge has sentenced former state Del. William A. Campos (D-Prince George’s) to 54 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in a corruption case, the Maryland U.S. attorney’s office announced Friday. Campos pleaded guilty last year to accepting about $50,000 in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for official favors, including help obtaining government grants. Campos was accused of misusing more than $300,000 in county money, much of which was intended to help nonprofit organizations. Federal authorities said Campos had been taking bribes from 2007 to 2014, as a member of the Prince George’s County Council. Campos, 43, served on the council from 2004 to 2014, and then served for less than a year in the House of Delegates before abruptly resigning in late 2015. In addition to the prison sentence, United States District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced ordered Campos to pay $340,000 in restitution.  Ex-Del. William A. Campos  In a related matter, Xinis this week sentenced liquor store owner Young Jung Paig, age 63, of Capitol Heights, to 41 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Xinis also ordered Paig to forfeit $265,000. Both men were arrested in a broad federal investigation into alleged corruption within the Prince George’s County liquor industry. Campos accepted bribes from liquor store owners and other businessmen were often facilitated by David Dae Sok Son, who was serving as a commissioner on the Prince George’s County Board of License Commissioners. The case also ensnared former state Del. Michael L. Vaughn (D-Prince George’s), who was found guilty in March of conspiracy and bribery for accepting cash from liquor store owners in exchange for votes on legislation favorable to their industry. Vaughn has yet to be sentenced.

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