Maryland state prosecutors raided the home of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon yesterday as part of an investigation into spending practices at City Hall, says the Baltimore Sun, which called it “the most aggressive move so far in the years-long probe.” Prosecutors and police spent more than seven hours in the home.
Investigators have been examining spending irregularities at City Hall since 2006 articles in the Sun detailed questions about the role of Dixon – then council president – in approving contracts that benefited her sister’s employer. Prosecutors have served subpoenas on several city agencies in the past year. Two people with ties to Dixon – her former campaign chairman and the owner of a company that employed her sister – have pleaded guilty on tax charges as part of the probe. The decision to raid the mayor’s residence, which is not paid for by taxpayers, represented a more aggressive stance in the investigation, which has largely relied on subpoenas to gather documents from city offices and employees.