May 16, 2005
CONTRACTOR CRIMINALLY CHARGED
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the
filing of tax evasion charges against James Stadler, 50,
owner of Masco
Contractors, Incorporated. Stadler, who lives in the 11000
block of Reynolds Road in Kingsville, was charged in Baltimore
Circuit Court with filing false Personal Property Tax Returns
on behalf of his company for the years 2002 and 2003.
Specifically, Stadler is charged with falsely declaring under
penalties of perjury that his company had no income in those
years when in
fact, the corporation was paid $37,715 in 2002 and $27,880 in
2003 by the State of Maryland for construction work at two
State Police weigh station facilities.
The maximum sentence upon conviction is 18 months incarceration
and a fine of $5,000. The charge is merely an accusation and
the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty
a reasonable doubt.
The case was referred to the Criminal Investigations Division
of the Attorney General’s Office by the Office of the Legislative
Auditor. Arraignment on the charge is set for June 8, 2005.