Theft of tax on boat sales charged Man accused of taking $11,400

August 02, 1993|By William F. Zorzi Jr. | William F. Zorzi Jr.,Staff Writer

After a five-month investigation, Natural Resources Police arrested a 39-year-old Queen Anne's County man yesterday, charging that he pocketed $11,400 in state excise taxes he collected on the sale of seven pleasure boats, an agency spokesman said.

Louis P. Alcamo, 39, of the 300 block of Wye Harbor Drive, Queenstown, was arrested at his home about 8:30 a.m. and charged with five counts of fraud, five counts of felony theft, two counts of misdemeanor theft and seven counts of failure to pay excise taxes, said DNR spokesman John S. Verrico.

Mr. Alcamo was taken to Anne Arundel County Detention Center and released after posting a $15,000 bond, Mr. Verrico said.

The DNR investigation began after a March 3 boating accident in which a 20-foot speed boat skippered by Mr. Alcamo flipped during a high-speed turn in the South River, seriously injuring a woman passenger. Mr. Alcamo was treated for minor injuries, the spokesman said.

Mr. Alcamo was charged in that case with reckless endangerment and negligent operation of a vessel -- charges that are still pending, Mr. Verrico said.

After news accounts of the accident, Natural Resources police received a complaint about Mr. Alcamo from a boat purchaser who had paid the excise tax on a boat but discovered after trying to obtain a permanent boat registration that the money had not been passed on, Mr. Verrico said.

Natural Resources Police Cpl. Joe Offer, who handled the original boating accident, investigated the complaint and obtained copies of sales transactions for seven boats that led to Mr. Alcamo, Mr. Verrico said.

A check of records showed that the state's 5 percent excise tax had not been paid on any of the seven boats, he said. At least two checks had been written to the state for payment of the tax, but bounced, Mr. Verrico said.

The cost of the seven boats totaled $228,000. The boats ranged in price from $3,000 to $116,000, the spokesman said.

Mr. Alcamo was charged with fraud for allegedly accepting money from a customer and failing to pass it on to the state. The felony theft charges stem from money allegedly being kept from the state, Mr. Verrico said.

Mr. Alcamo was charged with simple theft for allegedly writing two bad checks, the spokesman said.

An Oct. 5 trial date was set, he said.

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