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Former Baltimore lawmaker scheduled to be arraigned

January 22, 2020 GMT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former state lawmaker who represented Baltimore and was a leading advocate for legalizing marijuana in Maryland is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on bribery and fraud charges.

Former state Del. Cheryl Diane Glenn is expected to appear in federal court in Baltimore. Prosecutors accused her last month of accepting more than $33,000 in bribes in exchange for various legislative actions, including work on measures relevant to the marijuana industry.

The veteran Democratic lawmaker abruptly resigned her job as a state delegate days before her charges were unsealed Dec. 23. Her attorney did not immediately return a voicemail seeking comment.

Glenn was charged by information, which is a type of charging document prosecutors use when a defendant has waived being indicted by a grand jury.

If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in federal prison for the charge of honest services wire fraud and five years for a bribery charge.

Glenn was first elected in 2006 and chaired the Baltimore City delegation.