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Aug 23, 2010 5:20 PM by Alison Haynes

Ex-state Sen. Charles Jones convicted in tax case

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A federal jury on Monday found former
state Sen. Charles D. Jones guilty of tax evasion and other tax
charges.
Jurors took about three hours before convicting Jones, 60, of
Monroe, of filing two false tax returns and one count of tax
evasion.
Jones, who's also an attorney, was accused of failing to pay at
least $190,000 in taxes. The government alleges he converted about
$750,000 in legal fees into cashier's checks and failed to properly
report the income in 1999 and 2000.
"We're disappointed," Jones' attorney, Mike Small, told The
News-Star as he and his clientAYeft the fourth-floor courtroom in
downtown Shreveport. "He's going to spend time with his family for
now. Then we're going to discuss possible appeals."
Sentencing is set for Dec. 6. Jones faces up to three years in
prison and a $100,000 fine on each of the filing false tax return
counts and up to five years and a $100,000 fine on the tax evasion
charge. Until then, Jones remains free with a special condition set
by U.S. District Judge Robbie James that Jones must be in his home
from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day.
Jones' first trial ended in a mistrial June 3 because jurors
could not agree. The second trial culminated years of alleged tax
evasion that the government said began as early as 1995 and lasted
until 2003.
"This conviction serves as a reminder that individuals who
break the tax laws face serious consequences," said U.S. Attorney
Stephanie A. Finley. "Together with our IRS partners, we will
continue to pursue tax cheats and those who flagrantly abuse the
tax laws."

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