April 29, 2005
BOAT DEALER CHARGED WITH FELONY TAX THEFT
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a criminal
has been filed in Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court charging
63 year old Kenneth Ervin Meneely, Jr. of Huntingtown, Maryland
with one count of felony theft, one count of fraudulent misappropriation
by a fiduciary, and six counts of wilful failure to remit excise
tax. It is alleged that between May 8, 2004 and September 30,
2004, Meneely, who was a licensed boat dealer, collected more
in excise tax from six individual boat purchasers and failed
to remit the tax, as required by statute, to the Department of
Resources. An initial appearance has been scheduled for May 27,
2004 in the Circuit Court for Queen Anne’s County.
All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond
a reasonable doubt. If convicted, the maximum penalty for felony
theft is 15 years and up to a $1,000.00 fine, and restitution.
Fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary, if proven, carries
a maximum penalty of five years, and wilful failure to remit
excise tax, if proven, carries a maximum penalty of five years
or up to
a $5,000.00 fine.
The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General,
Criminal Investigations Division and was investigated by CID
with the assistance of the Department of Natural Resource Police