Baltimore City Official Admits to Stealing Gift Cards for Needy Families

By Staff | January 16, 2009 | 12:35 PM EST
Baltimore (AP) - Prosecutors say a Baltimore housing official has pleaded guilty to stealing gift cards in a probe that also led to the indictment of Mayor Sheila Dixon.
Lindbergh Carpenter Jr. of Owings Mills pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing $140 worth of gift cards bought with city money for needy families.
Prosecutors say Carpenter instead used the cards to pay for part of a $265 Nintendo Wii video game console.
Carpenter pleaded guilty to theft of less than $500 and was sentenced to a year of probation.
Court documents say gift cards meant for the same charity event were found in Dixon's home. She has denied wrongdoing. She was indicted last week on charges she accepted illegal gifts during her time as mayor and City Council president.
Baltimore City Official Pleads in Gift Card Case