July 24, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
SENTENCED TO JAIL
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Bill Hatzi,
Vasilios Hatzianoglou, was sentenced* yesterday evening in Baltimore
City Circuit Court to 360 days in jail and a fine of $5,000 on
conviction after trial on five counts of perjury and five counts
of procurement fraud. Hatzi, 47, was convicted after trial at
end of April of lying in five separate bids for State construction
jobs. In bidding on State jobs, you must certify that you have
been convicted of certain crimes, including theft. Hatzi was convicted
in 1991 on two counts of theft, but lied about that conviction
his Bid Affidavits, by claiming he had no convictions at all.
the mid 1990's, Hatzis companies - Power Dynamics and Vastec
- frequently bid on State construction, maintenance and repair contracts
ranging in amount from $22,000 to $92,000, for State facilities.
Even though he was awarded many of these contracts, he failed to
complete most of them, which eventually led to the State debarring
him in 2002 from ever working for the State.
currently resides in Forest Hill, Maryland.
bids on which the defendant lied about his convictions related to
construction and maintenance jobs 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.
imposing sentence, Judge John P. Miller commented that Hatzis
lack of respect for the system was "outrageous" and referred
specifically to his multiple criminal convictions and his 76 traffic
citations. In addition to the theft conviction, Hatzi has also been
convicted of insurance fraud, a third degree sex offense and criminal
non-support (on the last of which he was given probation before
judgment). All previous convictions had resulted in probation only.
will continue to prosecute cases where the integrity of the States
procurement process has been tainted by willfully perjurious conduct,"
Attorney General Curran said. "I appreciate the seriousness
with which Judge Miller viewed this case."
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,