Judge orders Oaks to pay $30K fine, serve 80 hours of community service
BALTIMORE — Former Baltimore City state Sen. Nathaniel Oaks was sentenced Tuesday to 42 months in federal prison in a bribery case.
The prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release for one count of wire fraud and one count of honest services wire fraud. The judge also ordered Oaks to pay a $30,000 fine and perform 80 hours of community service.
Oaks, 71, pleaded guilty in March to trading his position for $15,300 in bribes from an FBI informant posing as a developer. Oaks agreed to use his legislative position to help get state funding for a housing project.
Oaks asked for a sentence of 18 months. Judge Richard Bennett said he would have considered it had Oaks not tipped off another FBI target, obstructing justice.
"I was stunned. You single-handedly knocked out a whole investigation. To obstruct an FBI investigation is serious as the underlying crimes," Bennett said.