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WBOC: Maryland Comptroller: Top Tax Evaders Owe Combined $12.7M

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP/WBOC)- Maryland's comptroller says 20 individuals and 25 businesses owe more than $12 million in unpaid taxes, penalties and interest.

State Comptroller Peter Franchot published a list on Wednesday of those who owe the combined $12.7 million.

Franchot says in a statement that his office has been publishing the list of people who owe the most since 2000. The comptroller's office has collected $45 million from those who have been on the list.

"The vast majority of Marylanders pay their fair share of taxes, and my office is committed to ensuring that everyone does," Franchot said in a statement. "These people have chosen to take advantage of the benefits of this great state while thumbing their noses at the taxpayers who fulfill their legal obligations."

Prominent Randallstown defense attorney Warren Brown was ranked eighth on the list of individuals and owes $253,214. The individual listed No. 1 owes more than $1.5 million.

Brown says he has not intentionally evaded taxes and is working to pay off his bill. He says the debt came from issues with his former accountant.

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