Anne Arundel County Councilman Sentenced to Prison for 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

November 28, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Ellen Hollander sentenced Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl D. Jones, age 47, of Severn, Maryland, today to five months in prison, followed by six months of home detention as part of one year of supervised release, for 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 sentence plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Chait 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.

“The evidence proved that Daryl D. Jones committed a federal crime by failing to file personal and business tax returns,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “This crime was not the result of an accident or misunderstanding.”

“Paying taxes is a solemn obligation of citizenship,” said Acting IRS Special Agent in Charge Jeannine A. Hammett. “The privilege of living well in the United States carries certain responsibilities, one of which is the voluntary payment of taxes.”

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, which Jones has paid as part of his plea agreement.

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 prosecuted the case.

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