January 31, 2005
PLEADS GUILTY TO FAILURE TO FILE INCOME TAX RETURNS
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announces today the conviction
of Joe Carl Ashworth, a recently disbarred attorney from St. Mary’s
County. Ashworth, age 54, plead guilty to 3 counts of Failure to File Income
Tax Returns before the Honorable Judge Joseph P. Manck in Anne Arundel
County Circuit Court. In a statement of facts read into the record, Judge
Manck learned that Ashworth had a solo legal practice in St. Mary’s
County from 1996 to 2004. Based on generating gross income from his legal
practice of between $50,000 and $168,000 for each of the tax years of 2001,
2002, and 2003, Ashworth was required to file state income tax returns.
In court, Ashworth admitted that he willfully failed to file state income
tax returns each of the past 3 years.
the terms of the plea agreement, Ashworth can receive up to 3 years
incarceration, with all but 4 months suspended. As a condition
of his probation, Ashworth will be required to comply with the
Office of the Comptroller in paying all past due taxes. Sentencing
has been scheduled before Judge Manck for February 28, 2005.
The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Criminal Investigations Division
of the Office of the Attorney General.