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Baltimore County tax appeal firm settles with state

A Baltimore County company that prosecutors say posed as a state agency to lure customers for its property tax appeal business must refund more than 450 consumers and pay a civil penalty, according to the terms of an agreement with the Maryland attorney general's office announced Monday.

Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said customers who paid $99 to Maryland Property Review Board LLC should receive the refunds by August 1, if they have not already.

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Complaints surfaced about the business last summer, after it sent letters from the "Maryland Property Review Board Office of Petitions" that claimed homeowners could reduce their tax bills by $1,346.00 by sending in a $99 "filing fee."

In addition to being misleading, the letter contained incorrect information about the state's free tax appeal process, state officials said.

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The Maryland Property Review Board is no longer operating, according to the attorney general's office. Owner Brandon Chasen could not be reached for comment.

Frosh's office said half of the $200,000 civil penalty will be waived if the firm complies with the terms of the settlement, which also bar it from misrepresenting its services or relationship with the state.

nsherman@baltsun.com


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