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For Immediate Release
March 2, 2007

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Raquel Guillory, 410-576-6357
rguillory@oag.state.md.us

Perry Hall Man Sentenced for Tax Fraud Scheme

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler today announced that John T. Chalk, Jr., 47, of Durness Court in Perry Hall, Maryland, was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison with all but three years suspended after pleading guilty in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County last month to a tax fraud scheme. The Honorable Susan M. Souder imposed the sentence and placed Chalk on five years probation upon his release and ordered him to pay appropriate restitution.

The investigation disclosed that Chalk filed or participated in the filing of twelve fraudulent state income tax returns from 2001 to 2005. The returns requested over $85,000 in refunds and Chalk received approximately $70,000 in stolen refund money. Chalk admitted to using false names and false social security numbers to obtain several of the fraudulent refunds.

Chalk’s conviction follows an investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Office of the Attorney General. Attorney General Gansler thanked former Assistant Attorney General Paul Budlow and Assistant Attorneys General Benjamin Harris and Emmet Davitt for their work on this case.

   

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