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Friday, March 10, 2006

Marion Barry Gets 3 Years Probation for Tax Evasion

Interesting Wasahington Post article, Barry Sentenced to Three Years of Probation:

A subdued, apologetic D.C. Council member Marion Barry was sentenced yesterday to three years of supervised probation for misdemeanor charges based on his failure to file income tax returns. The former four-term mayor, who failed a court-ordered drug test after his guilty plea in the fall, must undergo further drug testing as a condition of his probation.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson said Barry also must negotiate a plan to settle his tax debt: Based on preliminary returns, he could owe as much as $246,000 after failing to file federal and D.C. returns for six years....

Barry told Robinson that he did not pay taxes from 1999 to 2004 -- years in which he was a consultant and, prosecutors said, earned more than $530,000 -- because he was broke.

(Hat Tip:  White Collar Crime Prof Blog.)

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Once again Barry beats the Justice system. I doubt seriously if this news will make it to the surface again, and we will most likely find out years from now that the taxes have still not been paid. This guy must be made of teflon as nothing seems to stick.

Posted by: Richard | Jun 5, 2006 9:23:12 AM