Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Pleads Guilty To Failing To File Tax Returns


This week, it was announced that former Baltimore police commissioner Darryl De Sousa had pleaded guilty to failing to file individual federal tax returns. 54-year-old De Sousa of Baltimore, Maryland pleaded guilty to three counts. The plea agreement explains that De Sousa started his employment with the Baltimore Police Department in 1998. He announced his resignation on May 15, 2018. On June 10, 1999, the defendant submitted an Employee’s Withholding Exemption Certificate to the City of Baltimore falsely claiming nine allowances for both state and federal tax purposes.

As a result, De Sousa reduced the amount of taxes withheld from his salary every year. When filing federal and state income taxes for the 2008 through 2012 calendar years, De Sousa falsely claimed deductions to which he was not entitled. He also claimed business losses despite not operating any business. Ultimately, De Sousa lowered the amount of taxes he owed to the IRS and the State of Maryland. The defendant admitted that he did not file tax returns for the 2011 and 2012 calendar years.

He did not do so until 2014. When the returns were finally filed, they falsely claimed donations to charity and unreimbursed employee expenses. The defendant also failed to pay penalties and interest on the tax returns that were filed late. Ultimately, De Sousa owed the United States and the State of Maryland a total of $67,587.72. De Sousa is scheduled to be sentenced on March 29, 2019. At that time, he will face a maximum sentence of one year in prison. Further details can be found here.

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