Former Bel Air used-car dealer R. Brooke Boyle has been sentenced to90 days in prison for defrauding or stealing from customers and business associates.
Boyle, 29, also was ordered Tuesday to repay $207,000 that prosecutors say he stole from 27 customers, suppliers, banks and other businesses in one of the biggest fraud cases in the county.
The sentence, issued by Harford Circuit Judge William O. Carr, comes from a plea agreement reached in May after Boyle pleaded guilty to one count each of theft and passing bad checks.
Carr sentenced Boyle to three years in prison for each charge, but suspended all but 90 days of the sentence, according to Circuit Court documents.
Thejudge recommended that Boyle serve the sentence in the county's work-release program. Boyle was ordered to complete a three-year probation and perform 200 hours of community service, court records say.
Boyle was indicted in September 1990 on 76 charges, including 41 counts of theft. All but two charges -- one count each of theft and passing bad checks -- were dropped as part of the plea agreement.
Prosecutors had charged Boyle would agree to pay liens on customers trade-ins, but failed to do so. That left some customers paying off loans onboth their new car and old one. Some customers' cars were repossessed by lenders when Boyle failed to make payments.
Boyle was accusedof stealing the money between August 1988 and October 1989, when hisdealership, Brooke Boyle Motorcars Ltd., went out of business.
Before opening the dealership, Boyle worked as sales manager for his father, Clarence, who operates Boyle Buick Co. in Abingdon.