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Princess Anne Town Commissioner Charged With Extortion

(PRINCESS ANNE, MD) – – A Princess Anne Town Commissioner in the county seat of Somerset County, Md. has been arrested and charged in connection with an extortion scheme to keep a candidate from running for county commissioner.

Identified as Lionel D. Frederick 2nd, 25, of Princess Anne, Md, Frederick is charged with three counts of extortion and theft.

On May 5, 2016, criminal investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division at the Princess Anne Barrack began an investigation into allegations of extortion involving the accused, who is currently a Princess Anne Town Commissioner.  The investigation was initiated after information was obtained indicating Frederick had contacted a Somerset County Commissioner and advised he had someone who would run for the commissioner’s seat, but if the commissioner paid him $5,000, he would convince the person not to run.

Today, Frederick made contact with the County Commissioner and arranged to meet and receive half of the $5,000.  State Police investigators conducted a surveillance of the meeting, which occurred at Frederick’s home.  The County Commissioner gave Frederick $2,500.  Shortly after the transaction, Frederick was arrested by state troopers.

The investigation is continuing.

A Google search reveals Frederick and the town of Princess Anne have other issues:

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May 13, 2015 - PRINCESS ANNE — Town Commissioner Lionel D. Frederick again finds himself in trouble with the law, this time related to a property damage ...

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Lionel D Frederick Failure Of Individual Driving On Highway To Display License To Uniformed Police On Demand Public Record.

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