Senator Thomas Oaks has been arrested on the charges of corruption.
He now faces up to 20 years in prison if he’s convicted of honest service wire fraud. The Senator has served only two month in office before his alleged behavior began in September 2015. Honest service fraud is a federal charge for corrupt behavior conducted by public officials, wherein they favor one party over another personal gain.
The senator was caught by an undercover FBI agent that was introduced to then-State Delegate Oak. The Agent was posing as a businessman from out of town and the business the agent claimed to work for was a real business that had an agreement with the FBI.
The agent expressed to Oaks his interest in obtaining government contract in Baltimore. At the first meeting, the undercover agent brought another individual and recorded the conversation.
One of the contracts that the agent tried to secure was related to Housing and Urban Development. Oaks sent many letters to the government using his official letterhead in support of his newfound friend. Oaks also filed a bond on behalf of the undercover agent to receive $250,000 in taxpayer money.
This money would have otherwise funded the HUD project. Over the course of the next year while the investigation went on, the FBI agent paid Oaks over $15,000 for writing letter, directing bonds and generally supporting his bid for the projects.
While the FBI has known that the corruption existed for around two years, they were unable to act until Obama left office.