Judge issues harsh warning to payment-dodging con man

December 13, 1992|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

A former used car dealer who made a habit of breaking agreements with customers and corporate colleagues has broken another promise to pay.

R. Brooke Boyle has paid only about $58,000 of more than $177,000 in court-ordered restitution since his conviction last year conviction for passing bad checks and fraudulently misappropriating funds.

On Wednesday, he got a sharp rebuke from Harford Circuit Judge William O. Carr, along with a warning: Show up in court with $500 payments at 9 a.m. sharp the 15th day of every month -- or else.

Judge Carr said the 31-year-old Bel Air man, who had owned and operated the now-defunct Brooke Boyle Motorcars Ltd. in Benson, doesn't take obligations very seriously.

"I'm fed up with this entire situation," the judge said. "I stupidly assumed you would honor a commitment."

The judge referred to the agreement in which Boyle had pleaded guilty in May 1991 to two of the 76 counts for which he was indicted.

In return, he was sentenced Oct. 1, 1991, to three years in jail with all but 90 days suspended. He was granted eligibility for work release and home detention, required to perform 200 hours community work service and placed on three years of unsupervised probation.

Boyle agreed to make an immediate $50,000 payment in restitution and to make subsequent annual payments on May 17, the anniversary date of his guilty plea.

Prosecutors said he had paid only about $8,000 toward his first anniversary payment.

Court records showed that on May 18, 1992, Boyle was granted an extension until June 1 after telling the court that his request to borrow $60,000 had been denied.

Prosecutors, seeking to have his probation revoked, said Boyle failed to pay any additional money by June 1 and that he still owed $119,000 in restitution.

In signing Wednesday's order, Judge Carr cautioned the defendant to be certain he is on time and brings the full payment each month.

"You better understand your life revolves around your being here every month," the judge said. "Nothing else is as important. If you fail to appear or show up with [less than] $500, I'll issue a bench warrant and, if you still don't have it [the full payment], I'll ship you down to DOC [Department of Corrections]."

Judge Carr also ordered Boyle to give prosecutors a financial disclosure statement within 30 days and granted them the authority to verify all figures on that statement.

Court records showed Boyle used various methods to defraud customers.

In some cases, he bounced checks as payment for goods and services received.

In others, he agreed to pay off liens on customers' trade-ins, but never did, or he collected title fee taxes and never submitted them to the state.

Boyle was accused of the crimes between August 1988 and vTC October 1989, when his dealership went out of business.

Before opening his dealership, Boyle was sales manager for his father, Clarence, who operates Boyle Buick Co. in Abingdon.

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