Baltimore Police Chief Darryl De Sousa Charged With Failing To File Taxes

Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa acknowledged Thursday that he failed to file federal and state income tax returns for three consecutive years after the Department of Justice (DOJ) slapped him with three misdemeanor counts of failure to file taxes.

In a statement published on Twitter, De Sousa said: “there is no excuse for my failure to fulfill my obligations as a citizen and public official, my only explanation is that I failed to sufficiently prioritize my personal affairs.”

The DOJ charged De Sousa for not filing federal returns for tax years 2013, 2014 and 2015. In his statement, De Sousa did indicate he filed taxes for 2016 and received an extension for 2017.

“Naturally, this is a source of embarrassment for me and I deeply regret any embarrassment it has caused the Police Department and the City of Baltimore. I accept full responsibility,” he added.

The Department of Justice said De Sousa could face as much as one year in prison and a $25,000 fine for each of the three counts.

Greg Tucker, a spokesman for Mayor Catherine Pugh, said the mayor expressed confidence in De Sousa following the DOJ announcement of the charges.

“He made a mistake in not filing his taxes for the years in question. He is working to resolve this matter and has assured me that he will do so as quickly as possible,” Pugh said in a statement.

Pugh said she has “full confidence” in De Sousa and believes that “he will continue to focus on our number one priority of reducing violence.”

According to The Baltimore Sun, “De Sousa earned $93,104 in 2013 when he is first accused of failing to file taxes. He earned $101,985 in 2014 and $127,089 in 2015.” In 2018, he could be earning as much as $210,000 per year, as he was recently promoted to commissioner.

Official DOJ Charging Document: Baltimore Police Chief Darryl De Sousa charged with failure to file taxes 

The Baltimore Sun said De Sousa became Baltimore’s top cop in January, after Mayor Pugh fired ex-Commissioner Kevin Davis, citing a surge of violent crime after the 2015 Baltimore Riots.

De Sousa expressed himself as “a chess player,” but as we have found out — the DOJ had the winning piece with a checkmate. The Baltimore Sun details De Sousa’s climb up the Baltimore Police ladder, as his tenure with force has been more than two decades.

“A personable commander, De Sousa easily won official confirmation to the commissioner position on a 14-1 vote by the Baltimore City Council — without debate — in late February. He is the first commissioner to come up through the ranks of the department since Frederick H. Bealefeld III, who served from 2007 to 2012. Davis and former commissioner Batts were hired from outside.

During his rise through the department, De Sousa held various leadership roles, mostly in the patrol division. He was made a deputy commander of the Northeast District in 2008, then became the commanding officer of the same district in 2011. In 2012, he was appointed lieutenant colonel overseeing the neighborhood patrol division, then colonel and chief of patrol in 2013.

De Sousa, 53, is a native of New York City but has lived in Baltimore since moving here to attend Morgan State University in 1983. When he was named to the department’s top position in January, De Sousa described himself as “a chess player” who has always been focused on the operational side of policing.”

Lt. Gene Ryan, president of the local police union in Baltimore, said he was not at liberty to discuss the ongoing case, as he was not familiar with “any of the circumstances behind these charges.”

“Obviously income taxes are a personal thing,” he said. “We will see how it pans out.”

While the Baltimore Sun notes the police department usually suspends it officers accused of misdemeanors pending the outcome of the case, we will discover De Sousa’s fate shortly as Baltimore’s top cop. Stay tuned!


NoDebt tmosley Thu, 05/10/2018 - 22:40 Permalink

"Pugh said she has “full confidence” in De Sousa and believes that “he will continue to focus on our number one priority of reducing violence."


Fucking of course.  He'll focus on that while he also focuses on how to report the "extra" money that showed up in his (and his wife's and childrens') bank accounts those years with no paper trail.

He's so fucking obviously corrupt it's laughable.  You think he couldn't have paid H&R Block $100 to file his taxes for those years?  Those taxes weren't filed FOR A REASON.  


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shocktherapy JohnG Fri, 05/11/2018 - 05:00 Permalink

One big circle jerk around here !

You deserve everything your master are hitting you on the head with, "Sheep" !


Largest tax evasion case in US history.

Walter Anderson

On September 7, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld the Tax Court's March 7, 2012 ruling against Walter Anderson "determining civil tax deficiencies and fraud penalties for tax years 1995 through 1999" The Third Circuit held "that his arguments were without merit."

Ordering Walter Anderson to pay $141,497,773 in tax deficiencies and $105,984,341 in penalties for a total of $247,482,114 owed to the IRS. Additional interest on the $247,482,114 Anderson owes could amount to an estimated $248,962,929


Trump allegedly used a $916 million loss in 1995 to avoid paying taxes for close to two decades, deducting it as a net operating loss. It remains clear how, precisely, Trump lost this inordinate sum of money, but it was likely through some combination of money lost on his casinos, his Plaza hotel property in Manhattan, and his airline, along with personal financial liabilities.

Trump openly admitted to taking advantage of U.S. tax loopholes at the second presidential debate. “I absolutely used it, and so did Warren Buffett, and so did George Soros, and so did many people who Hillary is getting money from,” he said, adding that he knew more about the U.S. tax system than anyone else.

This rule in U.S. tax law dates back to 1918, and it is routinely taken advantage of by taxpayers. Some 500,000 people claimed the same deduction as Trump in 1995, though the average loss they claimed was around $97,600. The amount Trump claimed as a net operating loss is certainly extreme.

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Chris2 Escrava Isaura Fri, 05/11/2018 - 00:54 Permalink

Every time the police shoot a black guy the scream is we need more black cops.

Every time an event takes place in any city in America the black chief of police is holding a press conference and I see it with shock, even in San Francisco we had to get one with 5% black population. We need a black mayor now too cuz...muh ah slavery.

This was the Obama project to replace white cops with black cops because the cops are our only line of defense when the shit hits the fan.

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JohnG Chris2 Fri, 05/11/2018 - 01:18 Permalink

Around here it's school principals being "appointed."  They write glowing articles in the paper, talk about them on "The Newz."

My wife's a teacher, at a really bad school, with a correspondingly incompetent principal.  I asked her "Why?"

Because they get more money under Title 1. 

It's just another scam.

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Chris2 Escrava Isaura Fri, 05/11/2018 - 01:00 Permalink

He thought he didn't have to pay during the Obama regime.

I met a black guy in 2009 who got a loan modification on a million dollar house in San Fran with 2% interest and 500K shaved off principle.

If you look into this shit you are gonna be shocked, even SSI they take the last five years (if its more) for their people not the best 30 that we all get as our basis.

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Honest Sam Escrava Isaura Fri, 05/11/2018 - 15:41 Permalink

Failing to file is not the same as not paying taxes.  W'holding usually takes the lion's share in for the government, corrupt as that is. 

Now if he got a lot of money off the payroll, like bribes, or other payoffs, that's different.

But Then he can take the 5th for not wanting to incriminate himself by filing a false return in those years.



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jin187 Lanka Fri, 05/11/2018 - 00:10 Permalink

Owing money doesn't get you charged with tax evasion.  Long as you file the forms to say you owe the money, all they can do is take your stuff.  You can blow through all your tax payment money, fill out the 1040, tell them you don't have shit to pay them with, get a lawyer to negotiate for a pennies on the dollar settlement, and it's totally legal.  The moment you don't file the forms to avoid them finding out you owe money, that's when you become a criminal.  Hence the reason Sharpton is still walking around.

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mtl4 jin187 Fri, 05/11/2018 - 06:55 Permalink

Spot on.  It's not filing the forms that puts you in jail, owing money does nothing (hence the difference between Wesley Snipes and Al Sharpton).  If you owe money, always best to leave the country and admit even if it was ill gotten gains.......then negotiate far lower or simply make them come and get it.

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jin187 Sir Edge Fri, 05/11/2018 - 00:06 Permalink

It's getting to the point where more black people will be in jail for tax evasion than Italians.  The funny part is that they aren't even doing it to launder money.  I wonder if this nigga was sitting there saying "I am the law" over and over to himself whenever tax time came around.

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