NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


October 30, 2000 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

PIKESVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH STEALING STATE INCOME TAX REFUND MONIES

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the indictment by the Anne Arundel County Grand Jury of Michael L. Smith, 4527 Tapscott Road, Pikesville, in connection with the filing of Maryland Income Tax Returns for tax years 1997, 1998, and 1999. Smith, 44, is charged with stealing $70,292.30 in Maryland income tax refund monies for tax years 1997-1999. Additionally, he is charged with attempting to steal $28,016 in Maryland income tax refund monies for tax year 1999.

All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted he could be sentenced to a total of 60 years and fined up to $4,000.

The case was referred by the Comptrollerís Office, Revenue Administration Division, to the Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Investigation Division, who is prosecuting the case. The case was investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division and the Maryland State Police.

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