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Robert D. Ballinger II

The perennial Howard County Board of Education candidate, supposed former staffer to Governor Robert Ehrlich, and former director of opposition research for the Maryland Republican Party “pretended to be a United States Secret Service special agent in order to withdraw United States currency from a First Mariner Bank account that did not belong to him and for which he lacked permission or authority,” according to a criminal information filed in Maryland’s U.S. District Court. As of Sept. 1, his LinkedIn profile still described him as a staffer for Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Pitts, though Pitts’ staff had told City Paper three weeks earlier that Ballinger was a former intern.

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