BALTIMORE (WJZ)—  An Anne Arundel County councilman has been sentenced to prison after failing to file personal income tax returns for four years and quarterly business payroll tax returns for six years.

U.S. District Judge Ellen Hollander sentenced Councilman Daryl D. Jones, age 47, of Severn, to five months in prison, followed by six months of home detention as part of one year of supervised release.

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“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.”

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“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  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. 

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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.