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Theft charges dropped against local man after accuser fails to appear

August 16, 2010|By DON AINES

A Hagerstown man who in April was exonerated of charges that he provided architectural services without a license was found not guilty of theft Monday in Washington County Circuit Court after the woman who accused him failed to show up for his trial.

Anthony R. Alongi, 48, of 12033 Greendale Drive, was in court Monday for a jury trial on the last charge against him. The jury was selected, but his accuser was not present. Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley found Alongi not guilty before a trial began.

In April, the other charges lodged against Alongi -- two counts of falsely representing himself as an architect, and single counts of practicing architecture without a license and providing architectural services without a permit -- were dismissed in Washington County District Court.

"We had all kinds of documentation to prove I had a contract," Alongi said after the case was resolved.

Alongi said he never tried to misrepresent his credentials, noting that he is not an architect.

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"I'm a designer," he said.

Alongi was charged in February 2010 by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, according to court records. The application for statement of charges alleged that Marilyn Minerd became aware Alongi was not a licensed architect in April 2008 when she took drawings to the Washington County/Hagerstown Permits Office.

A year later, Minerd made a formal complaint to DLLR, the application for statement of charges said.

Alongi said he intends to try to get the rest of the money for his design services. According to court records, the woman paid Alongi $1,750 in June 2007, half of the $3,500 he was to receive for his services.

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