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Milton Tillman Jr.’s sentencing

For decades, the name of Milton Tillman has rung out on the streets of Baltimore. Known as a club owner, political contributor, bail bondsman, landlord, and, allegedly, a crime lord with violent tendencies, Tillman kept himself out of court for years after his release from prison in 2000. But when federal agents raided his home and offices in August 2008, some hoped the full story of Tillman’s career might finally be told. So it was bittersweet when in July, after making a deal with prosecutors purportedly designed to spare his son, Milton Tillman III, a lengthy prison term, Milton Tillman Jr. was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison to be followed by five years supervised probation. Tillman III, 33, got five years probation, a full year of it under “community confinement,” and home detention. The family had hidden Tillman Jr.’s ownership and control of  4 Aces Bail Bonds and failed to report taxable income, while Tillman Jr. was paid for longshoreman’s work while he was actually out of the country—a set of facts that hardly differentiate Tillman, whom some call “the Emperor,” from a run-of-the-mill workers’ compensation fraudster. Four Aces has closed, its storefront listed for rent. Investigations apparently continue into no-show jobs and false identities at the port. Legally speaking, the matter is settled. Tillman’s legacy, however, is not.

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