Home builder pleads guilty

April 25, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

One of the region's major home builders was fined $2,400 in Howard County Circuit Court yesterday after the company pleaded guilty to charges that its workers falsified building inspection documents.

Altieri Homes Inc., a Columbia company, entered guilty pleas to two criminal counts each of false entry in a public record and false endorsement of documents. Prosecutors dropped five additional charges against the company and a separate set of charges against the company president, Daren Altieri, during yesterday's hearing.

Altieri's lawyer, Harry B. Siegel, said his clients have acknowledged wrongdoing from the start; they demoted the workers involved and paid $2,100 in civil fines after a county building inspector discovered five suspicious documents.

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