Anne Arundel County Councilman Pleads Guilty To Federal Tax Crime

Daryl D. Jones Failed to File Personal Income Tax Returns for Four Years and
Quarterly Business Payroll Tax Returns for Six Years, Resulting in $108,369 in Taxes Owed

August 30, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl D. Jones, age 47, of Severn, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to the charge of failure to file a federal income tax return. In his plea agreement, Jones admitted that he failed to file personal income tax returns for four years and quarterly business payroll tax returns for six years.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Theresa R. Stoop of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; and Acting Special Agent in Charge Jeannine A. Hammett of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C. Field Office.

“Daryl D. Jones’ failure to file personal income tax returns and business payroll tax returns was not the result of an accident or misunderstanding,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “The evidence shows that Mr. Jones committed a federal crime by violating his legal duty to obey the tax laws.”

“We should not forget that the ultimate victim of tax fraud is the honest taxpayer and the numerous programs funded by the government,” said Acting IRS Special Agent in Charge Jeannine A. Hammett.

According to his plea agreement, Jones operated a law office located in Annapolis, Maryland, known as The Law Offices of Daryl Jones. Jones also operated a tavern known as Dotson’s Live through an entity called F. Diamond Properties. Between 2002 and 2007, Jones knowingly failed to file four personal income tax returns. He also failed to file 31 quarterly payroll tax returns for his businesses. The total amount of taxes due and owing was $108,369.57.

Jones faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $25,000 fine. As part of the plea agreement, Jones has agreed to pay restitution of $108,369.57. U.S. District Judge Ellen Hollander has scheduled sentencing for November 28, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended ATF and IRS - Criminal Investigation for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Gregory Bockin and Bonnie S. Greenberg, who are prosecuting the case.

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