A 36-year-old man was arrested yesterday in a downtown carryout shop posing as a state sales tax auditor, city police reported.
Michael Thomas Henson, who as a teen-ager, police said, traveled around the world on money he had duped people out of, was arrested at the Sunshine Carryout at 2 East Lombard St. by Det. William A. Booker, of the Checks and Fraud unit.
Henson was arrested on a warrant charging him with failing to appear in court on theft and drug paraphernalia charges, police said. He as being held last night at the Central police district lockup.
Police say they believe he is the same man who has bilked at least 17 small businesses in the city of some $3,000 to $4,000 while posing as a state sales tax auditor.
The suspect is alleged to have gone into the Lombard Street carryout yesterday where he identified himself as a state auditor and asked to see the owners invoices and cash register receipts.
Detective Booker said the owners had the man talk with their accountant. Police said the man told the accountant that, once he checked the store records, he would accept a $167 fee for the establishment to avoid audits for the next two years.
The accountant became suspicious and told him he would get back to him, police said, but then notified the state sales tax division in Annapolis. Officials there contacted police.
"When I walked in, he was still sitting there with his briefcase open waiting for the OK," Detective Booker said.
Henson was arrested in the 1970s and accused of bilking a number of people -- including his own parents -- out of money that enabled him to live a lavish lifestyle without the pain of working for a living.
An attorney is reported to have once said that Henson "expected everything to be handed to him."
He reportedly once bought a $2,000 fur coat designed by Adolfo from an exclusive London boutique.
When it disappeared after his arrest in the 1970s, he reportedly remarked: "Some damn crook stole it."