Former Maryland House of Delegates Member Pleaded Guilty To Misconduct In Office
BALTIMORE COUNTY - Richard K. Impallaria, a former Maryland House of Delegates member, pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of misconduct in office.
The former state delegate represented parts of Harford and Baltimore Counties until Wednesday. He has agreed to pay the state of Maryland $44,100 in restitution, perform 100 hours of community service and enter a guilty plea in a Baltimore County gun case.
As part of the agreement, if Impallaria completes these requirements by a June 21 sentencing date, he will not be convicted of wrongdoing in a state corruption case.
Impallaria’s charges stem from his misuse of state funds as part of a scheme involving the legislature’s allowance for district office expenses, including rent.
State Prosecutor Charlton T. Howard III said that Impallaria paid his personal rent with rental payments from the General Assembly for a “district office” that was not even within his district.
Prosecutors stated that Impallaria paid double the rent for an “office” building while charging the total cost to the general assembly.
Simultaneously, the rent on his “personal” home was lowered to $0.
Prosecutors said Impallaria stole $44,100 in total. The amount of rent that should have been paid for his private cottage since 2012.
“The public needs to trust that elected officials are good stewards of the state’s resources,” Howard said. “Our office will continue to work toward ensuring that those individuals who abuse their positions of trust are held accountable.”