April 18, 2006
DISTRICT COURT DISCOVERY LEADS TO
FATHER AND SON INDICTMENT
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
the indictment of Brian and Kevin Fitzgerald, the father and son
owners of Patrick Investigations, Inc., a Timonium debt collection
agency, on multiple counts of conspiracy, perjury and subornation
The charges arose out of the discovery by the Towson District
Court of literally hundreds of fraudulent affidavits of service
where default judgments had been entered against civil defendants
who had never in fact been served. Kevin Fitzgerald, 44, of West
Lake Avenue in Baltimore, was charged in three counts of lying
on affidavits of service that he personally served certain civil
defendant, 134 counts of directing employees to lie on affidavits
of service that a process server had served certain civil defendants,
and one count of conspiring with his father, Brian, to have employees
lie on affidavits of service. Brian, 70, of Chetwood Street in
Timonium, was charged with a single count of perjury, for lying
on an affidavit of service that he had served someone personally
when in fact he had not.
The maximum penalty for each count is ten years incarceration.
The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed
innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
No arraignment date is set yet in Baltimore County Circuit Court.
case was referred to the Criminal Investigations Division of
the Attorney General’s Office by the Towson
District Court, and was investigated with the assistance of the
Police and the U. S. Postal Inspectors.