A Washington man and a Baltimore man were sentenced to serve jail terms yesterday for receiving stolen government property - namely $312,000 worth of Polaroid film from a General Services Administration supply store.
U.S. District Court Judge George L. Hart Jr. said he was jailing Leon Wais, 56, of Baltimore, and Harvey Lee Stewart, 40, of 501 Peabody St. NE, to deter other thefts of government property.
Stewart was convicted of two counts of receiving stolen government property and sentenced to concurrent 1-to-3-year terms. Wais was convicted of one count and received a three-month sentence and three year's probation.
The case involved enough film to take more than 830,000 pictures.
In a related development, five indicted GSA employes were arraigned in Baltimore yesterday. They included the supervisor of eleven GSA regional stores, who pleaded not guilty in federal court to multiple charges of defrauding the government, bribery, and filing false claims statements.
The supervisor, Hugh S. (John) Smith, 42, of Alexander, is the highest ranking GSA official facing criminal charges so far in the GSA bribery scandal.
The U.S. Attorney's Office here expects more indictments next month. Twenty people have pleaded guilty and six have pleaded not guilty to charges in Baltimore and Washington.
Smith, who was indicted on 16 charges, is scheduled to go to trial March 5 before Judge James R. Miller.
The others arraigned yesterday were Ollie V. Smith, 40, of Oxon Hill; Alton C. Beamon, 28, of Glen Burme; Joel E. Quarles, 33, of Baltimore; and Charles E. Phelps, 39, of Upper Marlboro. Phelps, the manager of two Washington GSA stores, pleaded not guilty to a new 14-count indictment as he had to a single-count indictment in September.