PRINCE GEORGE’S CO. – Former Prince George’s County State Delegate Lynn Vaughn, 60, to four years in federal prison for accepting bribes that influenced his official duties, conspiracy and stealing campaign funds.
Vaughn was a Maryland State Delegate from 2003 until 2017, representing District 24 which covers portions of Prince George’s County.
Prosecutors say Vaughn conspired with former Prince George’s County Liquor Board member David Dae Sok Son and other liquor store owners to accept money in exchange for agreeing to perform official action.
Evidence shows that Vaughn accepted $19,000 in cash bribe payments to influence the voting for the 2015 Sunday Sales Bill and the 2016 Additional Sunday Permits Bill which both became Maryland law. Vaughn voted in favor of the bills.
Additionally, documents show that Vaughn stole over $100,000 of money donated to his campaign finance committee and used the money for his personal use from 2005 through 2016. According to the information presented at the sentencing hearing and other documents, Vaughn withdrew campaign funds to use for personal expenses, including electronically transferring money from the campaign account directly to Vaughn’s personal bank account, making payments to his personal credit card account, and making payments of his personal income tax to the Internal Revenue Service.
Vaughn admitted to using the funds to pay for his personal mortgage, his son’s school tuition and credit card bills.
“We expect our elected officials to place the interests of the citizens above their own,” said United States Attorney Robert K. Hur. “When they violate the trust placed in them and break the law, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will bring them to justice.”
Following Vaughn’s four years in prison, he will be under supervised release for three years.