Jun 1, 2011 7:34 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Former Assistant D.A. Heading to Prison

Former assistant district attorney, Floyd Johnson, is heading to federal prison.
He plead guilty to one-count of tax evasion in November, but was sentenced to 18 months in prison today. He'll also have to pay back nearly 180 thousand dollars in restitution fees.

United States Attorney, Stephanie Finley, said "he just decided he wasn't going to file taxes and in some instances he didn't follow up with payment of taxes."

He went six years without paying taxes- from 2003 to 2008.

Finley said, "I think obviously he knew that the taxes were due, that there were payments that needed to be made and he was just going to take care of his lifestyle, which through the course of the hearing we were to show he had a good lifestyle."

It all started back in 2003 when Johnson made 259 thousand dollars between his two jobs as assistant D.A. and his private law practice. He chose not to pay 84 thousand dollars he owed in taxes.

An IRS criminal investigator said it was a sophisticated act of evasion. Among other things, he purchased property and put them in other people's names.

Johnson did address the courtroom, before the judge sentenced him and said, he wasn't "offering any excuses or explanations" for his actions. Also, that he "did his best to support his family in times of need."

Johnson told his attorney he wants to be sent to the closest prison to Lafayette, which is Oakdale Federal Prison. The judge ruled he has until July 7th to check in to prison and start his sentencing.




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