Reese store owner sentenced to 10 years Customers bilked of carpet payments

March 20, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Reese store owner who bilked customers of their down payments for carpet and services was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday, after his family paid $26,000 in restitution.

The state would have sought a 20-year prison term for Roy D. Marshall, 33, of Westminster, had he failed to pay back the customers who were victims of his "wanton disregard for others," said David P. Daggett, assistant state's attorney.

Marshall became tearful as he apologized, saying that his business went bad as he went through a divorce and that he lost control.

Pennsylvania authorities were waiting outside the courtroom to serve a warrant for felony theft and take Marshall into custody.

Before beginning his prison term, Marshall was to be taken to York, Pa., for a bail hearing on charges that he opened a bank account there in 1992 by writing a bad check for $4,400, Daggett said.

Marshall, who owned and operated Marshall's Carpet & Services, pleaded not guilty in January to nine counts of theft over $300 and one count of attempted theft in the Carroll cases. He agreed, however, not to contest Daggett's statement of the facts.

Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. found him guilty on all counts. He imposed a 30-year sentence and suspended 20 years after hearing from six of Marshall's former customers.

William Miller told the judge that Marshall was an "accomplished scam artist." He said Marshall accepted a check from his wife and, after failing to perform the agreed-upon work, could not be reached for months.

Once confronted, Marshall paid them back with a check that bounced several times, Miller said.

"It makes you suspicious of dealing with the business community if people like Marshall are doing business," Miller said.

Marshall deposited the Millers' check in an Ohio bank, Daggett said. "Marshall deposited $62,000 in customers' checks in LTC various banks in an eight-month period, but what he did with all that money, I have no idea," Daggett said.

John H. Rion, a Dayton, Ohio, attorney representing Marshall, asked Beck to consider that his client had made restitution. He said Marshall's crimes were nonviolent and did not involve robbing the elderly.

"I can't bring all the satisfied customers that did business with my client over 10 years until his business went sour," Rion said.

Daggett said a presentence investigation of Marshall turned up one of the worst records he had ever seen, showing a disregard for "anybody and everybody."

The prosecutor noted that Marshall had 22 moving violations on his Maryland driving record, including 17 for speeding.

He said Marshall's criminal record, as revealed in the presentence investigation, showed that he was involved in assaults, assaults on minors, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication.

He said Marshall agreed to a plea bargain in the Carroll case because he knew the state could prove 48 of 49 charges against him.

Marshall owes American Express $35,000, Daggett said. He said Marshall applied for a credit card in his uncle's name and then charged bills in Hawaii and in Baltimore strip clubs.

"Roy Marshall is a career criminal," Daggett said.

Pub Date: 3/20/98

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