MARYLAND

Motorcyclist charged: A 21-year-old motorcyclist who allegedly was performing the same stunts on a Frederick County highway that led to the death of a young Walkersville man was charged yesterday with indecent exposure and three traffic offenses, authorities said.

Brandon M. Edwards of Ijamsville and Shaun P. Matlock were popping wheelies and driving recklessly Sept. 12 while wearing only helmets, T-shirts and shoes, according to a complaint filed by Maryland State Police. The two were performing the stunts as an extreme sports promoter filmed the action, authorities have said.

Matlock, 21, was killed after he lost control of his motorcycle. Edwards was charged in summonses with indecent exposure, reckless driving, negligent driving and driving without supervision while having only a learner's permit, police said yesterday.

Tax preparer sentenced: A federal judge in Maryland yesterday sentenced a tax preparer who was convicted of workers' compensation fraud and aiding in the preparation of false tax returns to three years and four months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, Maryland U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio said. U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte also ordered John A. Williams 57, of Upper Marlboro to pay $144,443 in restitution to the federal government.

Prosecutors said Williams began receiving workers' compensation after he was found to be disabled in connection with his job at the U.S. Postal Service. He was required to notify workers' compensation officials of any change in his work status year to year, prosecutors said. From about 1998 until 2002, Williams falsely certified that he was not working, when he was running a tax business, prosecutors said.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.