Bowie Attorney Sentenced to Prison For Failing to File Tax Returns

Part of Unpaid Taxes Was for Income Earned as Legal Counsel for Metro Dream Homes

March 22, 2012

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Michael Ron Worthy, age 45, of Bowie, Maryland, today to six months in prison followed by one year of supervised release for two counts of failing to file an income tax return.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Acting Special Agent in Charge Eric C. Hylton of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C. Field Office.

“Cases like this one emphasize that the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Attorney’s office will continue their aggressive pursuit of those who use various methods to evade paying their taxes,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Eric Hylton. "Honest taxpayers have been reassured today that no one is above the law especially when the integrity of tax administration is at stake."

According to his guilty plea, Worthy earned income from his employment at his law firm, Williams Worthy LLP; his real estate consulting business Esquire One; and an investment business, Metro Dream Homes. Worthy failed to file income tax returns for the tax years 2006 and 2007 for income earned from these entities, resulting in a tax loss of $162,935.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the IRS- CI for its work in the investigation and thanked Assistant United States Attorney Christen Sproule, who prosecuted the case.

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