Mer­chant pleads guilty to bribery

The Washington Post - - METRO - BY VIC­TO­RIA ST. MARTIN

A Seat Pleas­ant liquor store owner pleaded guilty Thurs­day to brib­ing two state del­e­gates in con­nec­tion with Sun­day liquor sales in Prince Ge­orge’s County.

Au­thor­i­ties said Young Jung Paig, 61, paid then-Dels. Wil­liam A. Cam­pos (D) and Michael E. Vaughn (D) in 2015 and 2016.

Paig paid Cam­pos to help en­sure pas­sage of a bill to al­low Sun­day sales, ac­cord­ing to court pa­pers. He paid Vaughn in an ef­fort to limit the num­ber of ad­di­tional Sun­day per­mits that would be au­tho­rized — and the com­pe­ti­tion his store would face.

Cam­pos, who left the leg­is­la­ture in late 2015, pleaded guilty to ac­cept­ing bribes in Jan­uary. Vaughn re­signed from the leg­is­la­ture in Jan­uary and was indicted in March.

Paig faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He must pay resti­tu­tion of at least $175,000. Sen­tenc­ing is sched­uled for July 26.

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