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Board Debars Contractor Who Didn’t Pay Taxes

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — 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.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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