Club co-owner owes taxes of $1 million, state claims

November 15, 2005|BY A SUN REPORTER

The co-owner of a South Baltimore club who faces criminal charges for organizing an illegal poker tournament also owes the state nearly $1 million in back taxes stemming from an unrelated case, the state comptroller's office announced yesterday.

Joseph A. Cary and his wife, Deborah, owe the state $953,515, said Kevin Kane, a media relations officer for the comptroller's office. Kane said an audit of the Carys' vending machine business, Statewide Amusement Inc., showed that the Pasadena company's gross receipts did not match the sum that they filed with their taxes.

Joseph Cary could not be reached for comment last night.

The audit by the comptroller's office predates the Nov. 2 police raid at the Owl's Nest at 1800 Worcester St. near Camden Yards, Kane said. City police raided the club during a poker tournament and cited 80 participants for illegal gambling.

The city state's attorney's office dismissed the charges last week because police cited the wrong subsection of law on the tickets they passed out to gamblers.

Criminal charges are pending against Joseph Cary, 50, of Pasadena and his partner, Gerald C. Dickens, 65, of Bowie, as well as several others who helped organize the poker event, police said.

The state filed liens in Anne Arundel County District Court against Cary, his wife and their business Nov. 4, Kane said, but held off making a public announcement until the court system had recorded the liens.

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