Feds Continue Probe of Resigned Baltimore Police Chief

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Federal prosecutors who filed tax charges against Darryl De Sousa, who resigned Tuesday as Baltimore Police Commissioner, also issued grand jury subpoenas to the city’s finance and police departments seeking a decade’s worth of information about the former commissioner’s pay, travel, second jobs and taxes, the Baltimore Sun reports. The move suggests that the investigation may be expanding beyond the initial tax charges against De Sousa. It also corroborates language in the earlier motion to seal those charges that he’s being investigated for “additional violations of federal criminal law.” A copy of the subpoenas were obtained by the Sun through a Public Information Act request.

De Sousa was charged last week with three misdemeanor counts of failing to file federal tax returns for three years. The subpoenas show prosecutors and a grand jury continue to investigate the case even after those charges were filed. Steven Levin, a former federal prosecutor, said that “the fact that we’ve learned of this subpoena explains why they initially sealed it.” During their investigation of the corrupt Gun Trace Task Force, federal prosecutors gained unfettered access to the city’s police department — and a wealth of cooperators, said Ty Kelly, a former federal prosecutor. “In light of the fact that there were so many cooperators in the GTTF cases,” she said, “these prosecutors received a lot of information about the inner workings of the Baltimore Police Department, so it’s not surprising that they’ll dig where they need to dig.” Levin wondered whether De Sousa’s resignation Tuesday was prompted by information revealed by the subpoena. De Sousa faces up to a year in prison and a $25,000 fine for each of the three charges announced Thursday of failing to file federal income tax returns in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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