June 16, 2006
PARKVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH FILING TWELVE
FRAUDULENT TAX RETURNS
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
the indictment and arrest of John Thomas Chalk, Jr., of Luddy Court
in Parkville, Maryland. Chalk, age 45, was indicted by the Baltimore
County Grand Jury on 10 counts of felony theft, 18 counts of identity
fraud, and two counts of willfully filing false income tax returns.
It is alleged that between 2002 and 2005, Chalk filed twelve fraudulent
Maryland tax returns using five different social security numbers,
including his own. More than $78,000.00 of refunds is alleged to
have been stolen by Chalk.
While a criminal indictment or charge is merely an accusation
of wrongdoing and every individual is presumed innocent unless
the State proves the charges beyond a reasonable doubt, felony
theft is punishable by a maximum sentence of fifteen (15) years
and a fine of $25,000.00. Identity fraud more than $500 is a felony
and is punishable by a maximum sentence of five (5) years and a
fine of $25,000.00. Willfully filing a false income tax return
is punishable as perjury, which is a misdemeanor and carries a
maximum sentence of ten (10) years.
The case was referred by the Maryland Comptroller's Office, and
investigated by the Attorney General’s Criminal Investigations
Division and the Maryland State Police.