August 1, 2006
EMPLOYEE OF COMPTROLLER’S OFFICE
CONVICTED OF TAX CRIMES
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Deborah A.
Davis, age 46, of the 6700 block of Dogwood Road,
Baltimore, was convicted in the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court
on three violations of Maryland tax laws. Davis pled guilty to
filing false State income tax returns on her own behalf in 2001
and 2003 and to assisting another person to prepare a false 2001
tax return. At the time of these offenses, Ms. Davis was employed
in the State Comptroller’s Office in the Revenue Administration
Division. She is no longer employed by the State.
The Honorable Ronald A. Silkworth sentenced Ms. Davis to a six-month
suspended sentence and two years of supervised probation. During
probation, the defendant is to complete 100 hours of community
service and is prohibited from preparing tax returns for all persons
and business other than herself. The Court also imposed a $1,000
case grew out of a taxpayer’s complaint to
the State Comptroller’s Office, which in turn initiated an
internal audit. Initially, a coworker of Deborah Davis was audited,
and admitted cheating on her 2001 tax return by inflating her itemized
deductions. When she named Deborah Davis as the tax preparer who
assisted her in preparing the false tax return, the audit expanded
to Deborah Davis as well. Davis admitted assisting in the preparation
of the false 2001 tax return filed by her coworker. Davis could
not provide documentation to substantiate her own inordinately
high itemized deductions for tax years 2001, 2002, and 2003 on
her personal returns.
was forwarded to the Attorney General’s Criminal
Investigation Division for further investigation and prosecution.
That investigation revealed that the defendant’s 2001 Maryland
tax return overstated by $6,813 Davis’ itemized deduction
for charitable contributions and overstated by $2,875 her medical
deductions. Likewise, for tax year 2003, the criminal investigation
revealed that Davis had wilfully overstated her charitable deductions
by $4,022, nor could she provide documentation to support $4,495
in medical deductions. As a result of the investigation, Davis
has already repaid the Comptroller’s Office the back taxes
General’s Criminal Investigations Division
acknowledges the Maryland Comptroller’s Office and the Maryland
State Police for their assistance in the investigation.