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Jul 16, 2010 8:28 AM

Lafayette Parish assistant DA resigns amid probe

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) Lafayette Parish District Attorney Michael Harson says one of his assistants has resigned amid a federal probe.

Federal prosecutors filed tax evasion charges against Joseph Floyd Johnson on Tuesday.

According to a bill of information filed by prosecutors, Johnson failed to file income tax returns from 2003 to 2008.

Johnson, who has worked for the Lafayette Parish District Attorney's Office since 1995, is alleged to have hidden his assets from the IRS and also for lying to IRS agents.

Harson tells The Advertiser that he believes that the case is "purely personal," and to his knowledge, it did not affect Johnson's job as an assistant district attorney.


Information from: The Advertiser,


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