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Most charges dismissed in architectural services case

May 13, 2010

HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man charged with providing architectural services without a license had most of the charges associated with that case dismissed last month in Washington County District Court, according to court records.

Anthony R. Alongi, 48, of 12033 Greendale Drive, had been charged with two counts of falsely representing himself as an architect and single counts of practicing architecture without a license, providing architectural services without a permit and theft of more than $500, according to court documents. All but the theft charge were dismissed during an April 20 district court appearance, court documents show.

The theft case is scheduled for trial June 22, according to a district court official.

Alongi was charged in February by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, according to court records. The application for statement of charges said Alongi told a woman in May 2007 that he could provide her with architectural drawings for a project.

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In June 2007, the woman paid Alongi $1,750, half of the $3,500 Alongi was to receive for architectural services, according to the application. The company name he used, ARA Design Group LLC, was not a licensed architectural firm in Maryland, the application said.

Alongi provided the architectural drawings to the woman for her property, but she learned in April 2008 he was not licensed when she attempted to get a county permit for the work, the application said. The woman was unable to get a refund and filed a complaint with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation in April 2009, the statement said.

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