Maryland State Sen. Tommie Broadwater Jr. and his 21-year-old daughter were indicted along with three other persons in federal court today on charges of laundering $70,000 in illegally obtained food stamps through Broadwater's supermarket in Prince George's County.
The six-count indictment, which follows Tommie Broadwater's arrest in the case last month, alleges that his daughter, Jacqueline, acting as an assistant manager of the family-owned Chapel Oaks Farmers Market in Fairmount Heights, caused "fictitious internal documents to be prepared to conceal the illegal processing of illegally acquired food stamps."
Jacqueline Broadwater was not arrested last March 6 with her father and three other men accused of acquiring and delivering illicitly obtained food stamps to Broadwater.
Federal prosecutors now contend that Jacqueline Broadwater was a key figure in the alleged conspiracy. When Secret Service and Agriculture Department agents searched the Broadwater home in Glenarden on the day of the arrests, they reported seizing more than $8,000.
Broadwater told reporters that $7,000 of that money was taken from Jacqueline's bedroom. He said she was saving the money to buy a car.
Broadwater, who is free on bond and has been attending sessions of the state Senate in Annapolis, has denied all allegations against him. He is expected to be arraigned on the charges next week.
The indictment, part of a special food stamp abuse crackdown by the Justice Department, comes after several months of undercover surveillance of Broadwater's market and other business enterprises.
At Broadwater's bail hearing last month, federal prosecutor James P. Ulwick said that an undercover Secret Service agent posing as a food stamp thief sold $70,000 in marked food stamps for 40 percent of their face value to three Broadwater associates who were named as defendants in today's indictment--Raymond James Quigley Sr., 68, his son, Raymond Jr., 49, and William Dudley, 49.
The indictment said that Dudley then transported the food stamps to Broadwater, who in turn paid Dudley 60 percent of the face value of the stamps. Next, the indictment said, Broadwater processed the stamps through his food store--with daughter Jacqueline devising "fictitious internal documents"--and then credited the stamps to a bank account held by the Ebony Inn, a restaurant in Fairmount Heights owned in part by Broadwater. Thereafter, the indictment said, Broadwater redeemed a portion of the stamps in cash from the government at their full face value.