FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 9, 2000
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., and Comptroller William Donald Schaefer announced today that Michael Beatty, 52, Bayshore Drive, Ocean City, Maryland, pleaded guilty to three counts of failing to file Maryland Personal Income Tax Returns for tax years 1995, 1996, and 1997. Beatty, self-employed, works as a disc jockey at various locations in the Mid-Atlantic region, and appears frequently in Ocean City clubs and establishments.
An investigation conducted by the Comptroller’s Office revealed that although Mr. Beatty’s gross income for the years 1995, 1996, and 1997 ranged from $185,000 to $234,000, no returns were filed for those years. Beatty’s failure to file Maryland Personal Income Tax returns resulted in a loss to the State of Maryland of approximately $18,000 in taxes owed. Additionally, another $9,000 will be paid by Beatty as interest and penalties due as a result of the non-payment of taxes.
"Mr. Beatty simply did not file income tax returns three years in a row," General Curran said. "Now Mr. Beatty must pay the penalties and interest on top of the taxes he owes the state."
The Honorable Clayton Greene, Jr., accepted Beatty’s guilty pleas and will hold sentencing after a pre-sentencing investigation has been completed.