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Board debars contractor who didn’t pay taxes

ANNAPOLIS — The Board of Public Works has debarred a Maryland contractor who pleaded guilty to failing to pay employment taxes.

The board, which consists of Gov. Martin O’Malley, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot, made the decision to debar Richard Stewart at Wednesday’s meeting without discussion.

Stewart was appointed by O’Malley to be one of five members on the state’s legislative redistricting panel. He also had a position with the Maryland Stadium Authority. He pleaded guilty to federal charges in December. O’Malley said at the time that Stewart never disclosed he was under investigation.

Federal authorities say he did not pay about $4 million in taxes between 2003 and 2008 for his company, Montgomery Mechanical Services.

His sentencing is scheduled for April 23.

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  1. Whereas it is good to keep an eye on small business owners regarding taxes, Maryland’s Governor O’Malley, Treasurer Kopp, and Comptroller Franchot would do well to demand an audit of the business tax credits that we all know are full of fraudulent revenue schemes. These frauds cost the state and counties hundreds of billions over a decade or two and gain the state the reputation of having the most fraud and the highest level of corruption.

    This dubious designation for Maryland is a direct result of the policies of these 3 stewards of Maryland’s financial well-being. The Board of Public Works oversees much of the spending decisions that can ultimately be corrupted. This gentleman is the least of Maryland’s problems!