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For Immediate Release

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Raquel Guillory, 410-576-6357

Montgomery County Attorney Sentenced for Failing to File Maryland Income Tax Returns

BALTIMORE, MD ( Jan. 14, 2011) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that attorney Gerald I. Katz, of Potomac, was sentenced on two counts of willful failure to file Maryland income tax return in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County.  Judge William C. Mulford sentenced Katz to three years in jail, all suspended, and five years supervised probation.  As a condition of probation, Katz was ordered to pay $713,957.80 in restitution to the State of Maryland.  

Katz failed to file Maryland income tax returns for 2004 and 2005.  Mr. Katz had, however, filed federal income tax returns for these years, reporting an adjusted gross income of $592,687.00 and $573,780.00 respectively.  These figures were well above the minimum adjusted gross income level required to file a Maryland income tax return.  The Compliance Division of the Maryland Comptroller's office verified that no Maryland income tax returns were filed with their office for the 2004 and 2005 tax years.  In addition, Mr. Katz had prior unpaid tax liabilities to the State of Maryland.  These liabilities accrued over time as a result of nonpayment of taxes as well as accumulated penalties.

This case was investigated by the Attorney General's Criminal Division with assistance from the Comptroller's office and the Maryland State Police.  In making today's announcement,  Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant Attorneys General Rakesh Patel and Brian Oliner, Investigative Auditor Jim Williams, and Trooper Sha Brown of the Maryland State Police for their work on the case.


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