Five years' probation given for perjury

December 01, 1992|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A Glen Burnie man was ordered yesterday to spend five years on probation and perform 96 hours of community service for telling a county hearing officer he owned property he had sold two months earlier.

Robin Mueller, 33, testified during a county zoning hearing in April that he owned a waterfront tract at 406 Greenland Beach Road near Nabbs and Stony creeks where he applied to build a pier, said Assistant State's Attorney Robert Bittman.

But records showed that he had sold the property for $117,500 to Charles B. Wynn on Feb. 21, after he had applied for the pier permit and two months before the hearing.

Even though Robert C. Wilcox, the administrative hearing officer, warned him that he was under oath and would be charged with perjury if he was caught lying, Mueller insisted that he owned the property.

Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. ordered the sentence for Mueller, who pleaded guilty to perjury Oct. 15. He had faced up to 10 years in jail.

County prosecutors said the case is unusual because perjury convictions rarely stem from testimony at public hearings.

At the hearing in April, Mueller told Mr. Wilcox that he was renting the property to Mr. Wynn with an option to buy, said Mr. Bittman.

But one woman among the neighbors opposed to the pier who had turned out for the hearing waved in the air a copy of a deed to the property showing Mueller had sold it, Mr. Bittman said.

Mueller, who was listed in court records as living on Oak Manor Drive, had several opportunities to change his testimony, but insisted he was the owner, Mr. Bittman said.

Mr. Wilcox denied the variance request and referred the case to the state's attorney's office.

Defense attorney Gill Cochran, who represented Mueller in the criminal case, said his client was under the impression that he had an interest in $1,000 that hadn't been paid on the sales contract.

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