WMDT: Criminal and civil trials set for Berlin man accused of felony theft
- March 2, 2017
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47 ABC News – Joseph Carlini of Berlin has two court trials set in 2017. He is facing criminal charges as well as a civil lawsuit.
Hearings were scheduled for the first week of January, but a number of things happened just before the new year.
Carlini’s initial appearance for two felony theft charges was initially scheduled for January 4th in Circuit Court. But, according to the Maryland Judiciary Case Search Database, it looks like his defense attorney filed an appearance on December 28th which vacated that January 4th hearing. Although Carlini has not entered a plea, we’re told he’s taken a position of “not guilty”.
And now he has a criminal motions hearing set for March. His jury trial is scheduled for April.
According to the criminal information documents, the owner of Tony Luke’s restaurant in Ocean City, as well as the owner of Rayne’s Sand and Gravel in Berlin, accuse Carlini of stealing thousands of dollars of property from them.
If Carlini is found guilty on these two felony counts he faces up to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines for each charge. And since Carlini is still on parole from a 2008 theft scheme conviction, it’s unclear how a new conviction might affect that early release and his subsequent probation.
“It’s an airtight case in our opinion and I don’t foresee any liability concerns there,” Salisbury Attorney Luke Rommel represents George Sakellis, the local businessman suing Joseph Carlini for $12,000.