Howard County man charged with practicing as unlicensed CPA

August 24, 2010|By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun

UPDATE: Charges have largely been dropped against a Howard County man arrested in 2010 for allegedly practicing as a certified public accountant without a license.

Columbia resident George Oluwaboro, 51, was given probation before judgment for doing unlicensed work. Prosecutors declined to move forward on three other charges, including theft.

The state's Board of Public Accountancy said it does not intend to pursue the matter further.

A 51-year-old Howard County man has been charged with felony theft and practicing as a certified public accountant without a license, the state said Tuesday.

Though he didn't have the required credentials, George Oluwaboro — whose last known address was in Columbia — allegedly accepted money to perform an independent audit for a client, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said. The client complained to the agency after discovering he was not listed in the state database of licensed CPAs.

The state, which teamed up with the Howard County State's Attorney's Office on the case, said Oluwaboro was arrested. He faces a maximum of 11 1/2 years in prison and fines as high as $11,500.

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