Marvin Mandel, Maryland's suspended governor, has agreed to pay for nearly $3,200 worth of furnishings he took from the ornate governor's mansion in Annapolis and return another four items that "inadvertantly" were taken with him when he and his family recently moved out of the 50-room structure, state officials said.
The missing items - a desk, coffee table, film projector and a bust pedestal - were found to be missing during a recent inventory of the mansion. They were apparently removed along with Mandel's personal possessions when he left the mansion in October, said J. Max Millstone, state secretary of general services, whose office performed the inventory.
Nine other pieces of furniture acquired for the state mansion - including two leather wingback chairs, a leather sofa and two desks - were also taken by the Mandels after the suspended governor agreed to pay the state the amount originally spent on the items, according to Millstone.
Mandel was convicted of political corruption charges in August. He was automatically suspended from office and forced to leave the governor's mansion on Oct. 7 following his being sentenced to four years in jail. He will remain suspended until all his appeals are exhausted.
Mandel himself asked for the inventory amid widespread rumors in Annapolis that he had left the mansion with more than he was entitled to. It was the first such accounting since Mandel moved into the historic building in January, 1969, on replacing Sprio T. Agnew, who became vice president.
Mandel had received approval to buy the nine items before leaving the mansion, an arrangement Millstone defended as "not completely unusual. Many state employees, when they leave state service after long employment often take their desk and chair and other items they used for their jobs," he said.
Details of the purchase and how Mandel's payments will be made to the state have not been worked out, Millstone said. Normally, such transactions must be approved by the state Board of Public Works.
Millstone said officials who conducted the inventory met with Mandel and his wife after they discovered items missing from the mansion.