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


September 4, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

BEL AIR MAN WHO STOLE FROM HIS LAUREL EMPLOYER CONVICTED OF TAX PERJURY

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Cresencio C. Castelo, 56, of 704 East Broadway, Bel Air, plead guilty today in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to the charge of Wilfully Filing False Maryland State Income Tax Returns in 1998 and 1999, with the intent to evade the payment of taxes due to the State of Maryland Comptroller of the Treasury. The charge of tax perjury carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. Sentencing in the Tax Perjury case is scheduled for October 30, 2001, before the Honorable Joseph Manck, who presiding at the guilty plea. The defendant may elect to move sentencing to Prince George’s County Circuit Court, where the defendant awaits sentencing on October 9, 2001, on related Felony Theft charges.

In support of the guilty plea to tax perjury, according to a statement of facts Cresencio C. Castelo, while employed as controller for Compucel Service Corporation, 900 Fourth Street, Laurel, stole money in the amount of $93,165.73, with $81,165.73 of that total amount being stolen in 1998 and 1999. Castelo was fired from the Prince George’s County computer services company in March 2000.

During the tax year 1998, Cresencio Castelo wilfully filed a false State Income Return by failing to declare to the State of Maryland $27,039.68 in stolen, yet taxable, income; and, therefore evading the payment of $2,142.68 in additional State taxes. During the tax year 1999, Cresencio Castelo wilfully filed a false State Income Return by failing to declare $54,126.05 in stolen taxable income to the State of Maryland; and, therefore evading the payment of $4,289.27 in additional State taxes.

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