MD GOP activist Ballinger also impersonated military officer


You may recall Robert Ballinger, former Ehrlich and O’Malley administration official, who was charged earlier this year with impersonating a Secret Service agent to withdraw money from someone else’s bank account. Ballinger was actually an intern in a congressional office, despite his claim to be a paid staffer. Additionally, Ballinger was untruthful when he claimed to be a member of the Ehrlich campaign’s staff in 2010. Ballinger, who had three failed bids for office, also claimed to be a MD GOP staffer.

On September 3, Ballinger pleaded guilty to impersonating a Secret Service agent to get $3,000 out of someone else’s bank account. His sentencing is Tuesday, November 19, and he could receive up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

One thing in Van Smith’s article detailing the statement of facts attached to the guilty plea caught my eye:

Earlier, in January, the statement continues, Ballinger “attended an inaugural celebration ball in Washington, D.C., and displayed a Department of Defense credential issued to United States Armed Forces personnel who serve as full-time military staff to the President of the United States for at least one year,” though “Ballinger has never worked at the White House nor served in the United States Armed Forces.”

Ballinger purchased the badge and credential on eBay.

Jeff Quinton

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