Contractor Acquitted By Anne Arundel Judge

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — An Anne Arundel County judge has acquitted a contractor accused of stealing from his clients.

A group of clients had pressed county prosecutors for criminal charges against Gregory Haigis, of Arnold, Md., who they say took money for work that was not completed, asked for more money and also did shoddy work.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the judge on Wednesday ruled that the case should be handled by a civil court and that criminal penalties wouldn’t apply.

More than a dozen clients claimed that they were out nearly $1 million because of poor work and stop-work orders that left projects in disarray.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    SOUNDS LIKE A PAY-OFF TO ME. WHY WASN’T THIS CASE PROPERLY HANDLED BEFORE COURT? SOUNDS LIKE YOU NEED A NEW PROSECUTOR. MONEY TALKS AND BULL SH@T WALKS.

  2. michael says:

    The reporter needs to provide more information:

    1. What was the name of the judge?
    2. Is he/she appointed or elected?

    With this information the public can then decide how they want to deal with a judge that allows criminals to walk and state it is a civil matter.
    If they are an elected official, FIRE THEM

  3. Hark says:

    The judge is right. Criminal Fraud means something was stolen. For example, if the Contractor was given a down payment and provided nothing in return, then that’s criminal.
    If the Contractor’s did perform work but the quality of work or materials supplied is shoddy/questionable, then that is a Civil court case, not a criminal case.
    I’m not a fan of any Contractor, but until there is a law that criminalizes consistently bad work, it’s a civil matter.
    Anyone reading this should make sure if the work they want the Contractor to do needs a Building Permit. Permits allow the Local Code/Permit Inspector to look at the Contractor’s work to see it meets minimum quality standards.

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