Baltimore home owner pleads guilty to tax evasion

By MICHAEL KLEINMANAssociated PressStaff WriterWASHINGTON (AP) A Maryland man pleaded guilty to two federal charges related to alleged tax evasion and conspiracy, and he was sentenced to prison for up to three years.

Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein announced Wednesday that James T. Brown, a retired Baltimore police officer, pleaded guilty on Friday to two counts of tax evasion, conspiracy and mail fraud, in federal court in Baltimore.

Federal prosecutors said Brown used a scheme to avoid paying income taxes by disguising income from properties he owned with the help of an LLC.

He also used the company to hide tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid property taxes.

He was accused of illegally avoiding Maryland’s sales tax and improperly deducting property taxes from his income.

Prosecutors say Brown used the LLC to hide his income and deduct property taxes for more than two decades.

Brown, of Baltimore, had been a U.A.E. employee since 2012.

He pleaded guilty in September and was sentenced in October to 10 months in prison.The U.