RadioOnFire.com – Former Baltimore police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison, followed by one year of supervised release, Friday, after pleading guilty to failing to file federal tax returns over three years. In court, prosecutors called De Sousa, 54, a tax cheat for inflating and falsifying deductions. De Sousa told Judge Catherine C. Blake he was caring for aging parents and should have gotten better tax preparation advice, saying, “I am embarrassed, saddened and disappointed. I have lost it all.”
Blake ordered De Sousa to perform 100 hours of community service and to pay restitution in the full amount of the government’s loss, which is $67,587.72. Counting payments already made. The amount still owed is $60,645.11.
De Sousa pleaded guilty in December to three counts of failing to file tax returns. He also admitted to falsely inflating deductions during several different years.
A plea agreement written in December states that in 2015, the IRS sent a letter to the Baltimore Police Department about De Sousa claiming too many allowances: “As a result of the letter, BPD began withholding taxes in greater amounts from De Sousa’s regular paycheck.”
That means some of De Sousa’s tax issues were known, at least by the police department. He went through a background check when named commissioner. No red flags were publicly known to be raised.
Mayor Catherine Pugh said that the IRS letter sent to the police department in December 2015 “was not in the files we saw” when the background check was done when De Sousa was named commissioner.