A jury of eight women and four men was selected in Baltimore federal court yesterday for the food stamp fraud trial of State Sen. Tommie Broadwater Jr. (D-Prince George's) and four codefendants. Opening statements by prosecution and defense attorneys will begin Monday before Judge Norman P. Ramsey.
Broadwater, 41, is charged along with his daughter, Jacqueline, 21, and three Washington area men with conspiracy to launder $70,000 in illicitly obtained food stamps through a food market owned by Broadwater in Fairmount Heights. The other defendants are Raymond Quigley Sr., 68; his son, Raymond Jr., 49, and William Dudley, 49.
According to prosecutors, an undercover Secret Service agent posing as a food stamp thief sold $70,000 in stamps to Dudley and the Quigleys for about 40 percent of their face value. Dudley, prosecutors said, then transported the stamps to Broadwater, who bought them for 60 percent of the face value.
Next, prosecutors said, Broadwater processed them through his Chapel Oaks Farmers Market by having his daughter fake the market's financial records to conceal the stamps' illicit origin. Broadwater later redeemed a portion of the stamps from the government at their full value, according to prosecutors.
All defendants have repeatedly asserted their innocence in the case.
The jury includes three alternates. "It's a young jury," said one lawyer in the case. "Lot of young women . . . . College is out, and some of these jurors are in their early 20s."