UPDATE: De Sousa admits he didn’t file tax returns
Prosecutors say they are looking at other possible violations of criminal law by De Sousa, who has not offered to resign. Mayor is mum.
Above: Darryl De Sousa with Mayor Catherine Pugh at a BPD Violence Reduction meeting earlier this year. (Fern Shen)
Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa “fully admits” to not filing his state and federal tax returns for years 2013, 2014 and 2015.
De Sousa made the statement on his personal twitter account late today after federal prosecutors filed three misdemeanor tax charges against the commissioner.
“My only explanation is that I failed to sufficiently prioritize my personal affairs,” De Sousa wrote. “I accept full responsibility for this mistake and am committed to resolving this situation as quickly as possible.”
De Sousa did not suggest that he would resign as police commissioner, a job he assumed less than four months ago after Mayor Catherine Pugh fired Kevin Davis.
Typically, a police officer charged with a misdemeanor is suspended with pay until the charges are resolved.
The BPD has not issued any statement on De Sousa’s status.
During the three years in which he did not file tax returns, De Sousa earned over $320,000 as a district commander and deputy commissioner.
No Response from Mayor
Pugh has not yet responded to the bombshell charges that were issued at 3 p.m. today by the U.S. District Attorney’s office.
Federal prosecutors disclosed that they are investigating “additional violations of federal criminal law” in the De Sousa case.
The commissioner said he did file his 2016 taxes and has received an extension for his 2017 tax returns.
During the three-year period under question, the city would have withheld federal and state taxes in his paycheck.
De Sousa said there was “no excuse” for his failure to “fulfill my obligations as a citizen and public official.”
“Naturally, this is a source of embarrassment for me, and I deeply regret any embarrassment it has caused the Police Department and City of Baltimore.”