October 2, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
CHARGED WITH FILING FALSE ELECTRONIC TAX RETURNS
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. and Comptroller of the Treasury William
Donald Schaefer announced today that Mark Givens, 36, whose last
known address is 2009 Annapolis Road, Baltimore, has been charged
in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County with theft, attempted
theft, providing false information to the Comptroller, and perjury,
in connection with his filing of 55 Maryland State income tax returns
for tax year 2002. It is alleged that he electronically filed the
55 returns using the State's ifile system and received approximately
$5,087 in stolen refund monies and attempted to steal approximately
All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond
a reasonable doubt. If convicted on each count, Givens could be
sentenced to a total of 45 years, fined up to $6,000, and be ordered
to pay restitution.
There is an outstanding arrest warrant for Givens, who is believed
to be a permanent resident of Pennsylvania and was locally employed
by Manpower, Inc., a temporary employment agency. Anyone with information
as to his whereabouts should contact Cpl. Dan Waltemeyer of the
Maryland State Police at the Office of the Attorney General at 410-576-6380.
The case was referred by the Comptroller's Office and investigated
by the Maryland State Police and the Office of the Attorney General,
Criminal Investigations Division.