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Former Steele Finance Chairman Barred From State Business

The Maryland Board of Public Works today barred Alan B. Fabian, a once-wealthy Republican fundraiser, from contracting with the state for an indefinite period.

Fabian, who served as finance chairman for Michael S. Steele's 2006 U.S. Senate run in Maryland, was sentenced to nine years in prison in October for orchestrating multimillion frauds unrelated to the campaign. Steele, Maryland's former lieutenant governor under Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), is now chairman of the Republican National Committee.

In 2005, the Ehrlich administration awarded a contract to CMAT International of Baltimore, a consulting firm headed by Fabian, for "strategic budget consulting services and software." The state eventually spent more than $1 million on the contract.

Yesteray's vote by the three-member Board of Public Works to bar Fabian from future business took place without discussion.

In February, The Post reported that Fabian had made several allegations to prosecutors regarding Steele's 2006 campaign, including that Steele made a payment of more than $37,000 to his sister's company for work the campaign.

The information was provided with the hope that the U.S. Attorney's Office would recommend a lighter sentence for Fabian last fall, which it did not.

Steele denounced the allegations leveled by "a convicted felon" as "all false."

By John Wagner  |  May 20, 2009; 12:11 PM ET
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"Thievery loves company", eh Mr. Steele?

Posted by: free-donny | May 21, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

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