DE SOUSA IN COURT| Former Commissioner Before a Judge


BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa appeared in federal court Monday to address charges of failing to file tax returns.

He's accused of failing to file federal taxes three years in a row.

If he's convicted on the misdemeanor charges the former Baltimore City Police Commissioner could face up to 3 years in prison and a $75,000 fine.

De Sousa submitted his resignation last week after being suspended by Mayor Catherine Pugh.

Federal prosecutors say De Sousa willfully failed to file federal tax returns in 2013, 2014 and 2015. De Sousa admits to not filing although he says he paid federal, state, and local taxes those years through the withholding of his income.

Federal prosecutors also issued grand jury subpeonas to the city and police department for 10 years worth of information regarding De Sousa's taxes, pay, travel expenses and anything related to secondary employment.

Police officials say De Sousa who has served for 30 years on the force can retire.

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