April 28, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
CONVICTED OF DEFRAUDING THE STATE
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the conviction* after
trial of Bill Hatzi, aka Vasilios Hatzianoglou, on five counts
of perjury and five counts of procurement fraud, for lying in
separate bids for State construction jobs. Hatzi, who had been
convicted in 1991 of Theft, failed to disclose that conviction
in his Bid
Affidavits even though the forms specifically requested disclosure
of such convictions. Hatzi, 47, is a Baltimore City contractor
in the mid-1990's, frequently bid on State construction, maintenance
and repair contracts ranging in amount from $22,000 to $92,000,
for State facilities around the State. He resides in Forest Hill,
jobs in which the perjurious affidavits were submitted were in 1995
and 1996, at the William Donald Schaefer Tower in Baltimore City,
Springfield State Hospital, Gunpowder Falls State Park, the Police
and Correctional Training Commission in Woodstock, Md., and Cedarville
State Forest in Prince Georges County.
May 2002, Hatzi and his company, Power Dynamics, was debarred indefinitely
by the State Board of Public Works from ever bidding on State contracts.
The debarment was based on his repeated default on State contracts.
His companies that were also debarred were Power Dynamics, Pallini
Co. and Vastec Co., which list an address on Tolna St. or a P.O.
Box in Baltimore.
John Philip Miller of the Baltimore City Circuit Court tried the
case without a jury at the defendants request, and announced
his verdict late Friday afternoon. He ordered a presentence investigation
by the Division of Parole and Probation and set sentencing for July
maximum sentence for procurement fraud is five years incarceration
and a $20,000 fine, while the maximum sentence for perjury is 10
case was investigated by the Office of the Attorney General, Criminal
Investigations Division, and the Maryland State Police.
conviction was reversed on appeal by judgment dated April 27,