September 3, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
ARRESTED FOR DEFRAUDING THE STATE
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the arrest on
perjury and procurement fraud charges* of Bill Hatzi, 46, a Baltimore
City contractor who frequently bids on State construction and
a resident of Forest Hill, Harford County, was charged with lying
on the Bid Affidavits relating to five separate State maintenance
and construction contracts he and his company were awarded. Specifically,
he swore under penalties of perjury that he had no previous convictions
for theft, when in fact he had been convicted of that crime in 1991
in Baltimore City Circuit Court under the name of Vasilios Hatzianoglou.
jobs in which the false affidavits were submitted occurred in 1995
and 1996, at the William Donald Schaefer Tower, Baltimore City,
Springfield State Hospital, Gunpowder Falls State Park, the Police
and Correctional Training Commission, Woodstock, and Cedarville
State Forest, Prince Georges County.
April of this year, Hatzi, who has used a number of variations of
his name, including Vasilios Hatzianoglou - was debarred by the
State Board of Public Works for repeatedly defaulting on his contracts
with the State. His debarred companies include Power Dynamics, Pallini
Company and Vastec Company, all of which list an address of Tolna
Street in Baltimore.
maximum sentence for procurement fraud is five years incarceration
and a $20,000 fine, while the maximum sentence for perjury is 10
years. The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed
innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
conviction was reversed on appeal by judgment dated April 27,