Woman, 46, acquitted in bankruptcy fraud case

October 23, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 46-year-old Ruxton woman has been acquitted of bankruptcy fraud in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

Martha A. Tuxford of the first block of Ruxton Green Court was acquitted by U.S. District Judge Frederic N. Smalkin after the close of the case brought by prosecutors last week against Tuxford and her boyfriend, Joel Katz.

The case against Katz, 62, who shared a $1 million house in Ruxton with Tuxford and operated a Timonium telemarketing business, is expected to go to jurors today.

Prosecutors charged Katz and Tuxford after he filed a petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court last year that failed to disclose their interest in a $1.3 million house in Ruxton and two luxury cars worth a total $384,000.

Tuxford, charged with Katz based on evidence that showed she shared the home with him, was on his payroll and drove a $340,000 Bentley that he financed.

Smalkin dismissed the case against Tuxford Friday after Joseph S. Lyons, her lawyer, argued that the evidence showed Katz filed the bankruptcy petition and that Tuxford had no knowledge of the petition's contents.

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