Pasadena locksmith profiled in ABC2 investigation facing criminal charges
5:53 PM, Apr 18, 2013
6:19 PM, Apr 18, 2013
ABC2 News Investigators exposed his scam years ago, showing you how Anne Arundel County locksmith Joe Horton was overcharging customers. The Pasadena man lost a civil case brought by Maryland's Attorney General in 2011, and pleaded guilty in a criminal case brought by one of his disgruntled customers. But more than a year later, it appears Horton is back in trouble.
Around the Clock Locksmith may be out of business. But court records show its owner, Joseph Horton, appears to be up to something new. The 29-year-old is dealing with criminal charges in three local counties.
Horton is charged with theft in both Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counties. In Harford County he pleaded guilty back in February for a theft scheme involving the closed business account for ATCL and his personal account. The state's Attorney's office in Harford County says he stole more than $11,000 in that case. Horton is due to start his sentence for that crime April 23
In Baltimore County, charging documents show Horton stole money from a local bank in a similar check scheme. He's accused of writing checks from a closed business account and depositing them into his personal account, eventually getting away with more than $1,000.
Last week in Anne Arundel County Horton was charged with theft after police say he stole a rental car. The car was reported missing from a rental company after Horton failed to return it at the start of April.
These additional criminal charges could mean more trouble for Horton, who records show, is already on probation in Anne Arundel County.
In addition, the loss of the civil case brought by the Attorney General's office could be impacted by recent developments in Horton's life. A Baltimore broadcast report from opening day of table games at Maryland Live shows Horton celebrating a win of $64,000. But to date Horton hasn't paid a single cent toward the more than $400,000 in restitution and civil penalties he was ordered to pay as part of the decision in the AG's case.
A representative from the Attorney General's Office says efforts continue to collect from Horton. Any money that is obtained from Horton will first be given to harmed consumers in need of restitution according to the agency.
Horton's attorney Peter O'Neill told ABC2 it would be inappropriate to comment on his client's pending cases.