10 January, 2011

Maryland Man Sentenced For Attempted Bribery of DC Tax Collector

Maryland Man Sentenced For Making Illegal Payment
To D.C. Tax Collector In Anticipation of Erasing Brother’s Tax Liability
Haadis Ketema, 45, of Glenarden, Md., was sentenced on December 9, 2010 to 12 months of
probation and a $2,500 fine after earlier pleading guilty to a charge that he gave $4,000 to a
District of Columbia tax collector in hopes of erasing a record pertaining to his brother’s
tax liability.

Ketema was sentenced by the Honorable Magistrate Judge Alan Kay in U.S. District Court for
the District of Columbia. He pled guilty on August 23, 2010 to a charge most commonly known
as supplementation of salary.

FACTS: According to information submitted to the court by the government, Ketema met on
January 19, 2007 with a tax collector for the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue. During the
meeting at Union Station, Ketema gave the tax collector $4,000 in cash to change a computer
record of the District of Columbia. The doctored record would show that a tax liability of a
business then owned by Ketema’s brother was no longer outstanding.

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