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Aug 22, 2013 6:28 PM by AP, PHOTO: MGN ONLINE

State lawmaker charged with tax fraud

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A state lawmaker is accused of violating provisions of the federal tax code.

In a bill of information, the U.S. Attorney's Office says Rep. Girod Jackson, of Harvey, was charged Thursday with one felony count of making a fraudulent statement on a tax return and two misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file tax returns.

According to court documents, Jackson misrepresented the total income received by his company, Diversified Ventures, LLC, in 2006 on his federal tax return. In 2007 and 2008, he failed to file any tax returns despite having filed for extensions to do so.

If convicted of the felony count, Jackson faces up to three years in prison and up to a year in prison on each of the misdemeanors.

Jackson, a Demorcrat, was elected in 2007.

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