Edgewood man held in tax case HARFORD COUNTY

January 05, 1993|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

An Edgewood man was arrested at his home yesterday on two charges of money laundering and state income tax evasion in connection with drug offenses, authorities said.

Levi James Green, 51, of the 600 block of Harbour Oak Drive was indicted by a Harford County grand jury last Tuesday.

The charges stemmed from a program initiated by the attorney general's office and the Maryland State Police Asset Forfeiture Unit, a division that targets drug kingpins.

Michael Enright, spokesman for the attorney general's office, declined to comment on the details of the charges against Mr. Green. He said a bail review hearing was scheduled today and that bail of $250,000 would be requested.

State police raided Mr. Green's house last April and reported seizing $50,000 in cash and 8 pounds of marijuana worth about $15,000. The attorney general's office then began its own investigation.

Mr. Green is awaiting trial in Harford Circuit Court on drug kingpin charges.

Investigators said in 1991 he paid $98,000 in cash for his house. NTC Between 1990 and 1992, Mr. Green bought a 1992 Chrysler New Yorker, a 1992 Chevrolet Corsica, a 1990 Chevrolet pickup, a 1986 Honda motorcycle, a 1991 Centra 19-foot cabin cruiser and a trailer for the boat. Those purchases totaled $67,400, authorities said.

If found guilty, he could receive a maximum sentence of five years on each charge, said Christopher J. Romano, chief of the criminal investigations unit of the attorney general's office. Mr. Green also could be fined up to $250,000 and be required to pay the back taxes.

A similar case involving Walter Wayne Godby, also known as Wayne Max Godby, was prosecuted last June.

Godby, 46, of the 2400 block of Carsin's Run Road in Abingdon pleaded guilty to a series of drug charges and evading state income taxes. He was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay more than $12,000 in taxes and forfeit assets worth more than $200,000.

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