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.
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.
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.