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Hmmm, lemme see if I can remember everything... First there was poaching rockfish, then there was poaching geese, and now...

Oyster Dealer Pleads Guilty to 34 Counts of Oyster Tax Violations

Source: Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler
Posted at Southern Maryland Online, December 09, 2008


BALTIMORE (Dec. 9, 2008) -- Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Harrison Bros. Oysters, LLC ("Harrison Bros."), which is owned by Levin F. Harrison, IV, entered a plea of guilty to ten counts of Failure to Pay Inspection Tax on Exported Oysters, and an additional twenty four counts of Failure to Pay Severance Tax on Maryland Oysters, in the District Court for Anne Arundel County. The company was sentenced to pay a fine of $5,000, and it agreed to pay all outstanding taxes due to the Department of Natural Resources ("DNR") for the 2005 - 2006 oyster season. The Defendant received a Probation before Judgment disposition from the Court, over an objection from the Attorney General's Office.

As an oyster dealer in Tilghman, Maryland, Harrison Bros. is required to pay a severance tax to DNR on every purchase of oysters in Maryland. The amount of the tax is one dollar per bushel, and it is payable to the Department at the end of each week. The company is also required to pay an inspection tax of thirty cents per bushel on oysters exported out of the State, which is also due at the end of each week.

From October 7, 2005 to March 17, 2006, Harrison Bros. failed to pay the required severance tax for 11,624 bushels of oysters which the company had purchased from Maryland watermen. The company also failed to pay the required inspection tax on 11,362 bushels of oysters which the company had exported out of state. On March 17, 2006, Harrison Bros. had an outstanding tax obligation to DNR of $15,032.60. At the time of today's plea, $3,943.60 in taxes remained outstanding.

The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Attorney General's Criminal Division with the assistance of Corporal Barry Ball of the Natural Resources Police Department.

Oyster Dealer Pleads Guilty to 34 Counts of Oyster Tax Violations - Southern Maryland Headline News
 

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Once again, if the State isn't willing to increase the penalties for repeat offenders those offending have the low risk of getting caught along with the low penalties they pay if caught on their side and have no incentive to stop doing what ehy're doing.
 

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And people wonder why they keep doing it. I think they should bring back public hangings
 

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I blame the father more then the son.When your father breaks the law- I guess you just follow in his footsteps.Seems to be no shame in that family.Seeing the family name in the paper should be enough to play straight.
 

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absolutely rediculous. $5k is nothing. Unbelievable.
 

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I blame the father more then the son.When your father breaks the law- I guess you just follow in his footsteps.Seems to be no shame in that family.Seeing the family name in the paper should be enough to play straight.
I think Buddy had a dad at some point.... Although on the Eastern shore.......:D
 

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Normally, I'd say that things like "Inspection Tax" and "Severence Tax" are the kind of B.S. taxes that spark revolutions, but in the case of oysters, "we is owed that money," given how much tax payer funds go into subsidizing this put and take industry.

Gansler is a good AG in my book. Go get 'em, prosecuters.:thumbup:
 

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wait, that video is for real? Yea, lock him up
If there was any justice in this world, he'd be shipped to an undisclosed CIA base in Poland just for making that video.:D
 

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Dodging taxes is the American way! But I agree, let's let Dick Cheney pull off his fingernails for that video.
Naa ....... that video won 1st prize at the Cheney Film Festival .............. and the prize is an all expense paid hunting vacation with Cheney :D
 

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If there was any justice in this world, he'd be shipped to an undisclosed CIA base in Poland just for making that video.:D
I say Gitmo!!! A little time in Cuba might straighten him out!
 

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I would like to appointment myself THE POACHING CZAR I will then begin by filling my advisement board I would like to start the bidding (all bid will be considered including trips to CBBT, cases of tasty Tenn. sipping whiskey, and jobs for my family in phony offices)
 

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I can't figure out why Buddy has been storing his boat at Charlestown Marina the last 3 or 4 seasons. There are a ton of marinas closer. I guess he has worn his welcome out on the shore.
 
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