Mississippi Rep. Banks charged with felony false tax return

A longtime Mississippi lawmaker has been charged with willfully making a false assertion on a tax return for allegedly failing to report greater than $500,000 of earnings from the 2018 sale of actual property.

Democratic Rep. Earle Banks of Jackson has agreed to waive indictment and be prosecuted on the felony cost, in accordance with courtroom paperwork filed Thursday. He’s scheduled to look in federal courtroom Could 17 to enter a plea.

Banks, 68, has been within the Home since 1993. He’s a funeral director and legal professional.

“Mr. Banks made a mistake on his tax return in 2018 and failed to incorporate a capital achieve,” his legal professional, Rob McDuff, stated in an announcement. “We’ve cooperated with the IRS and the U.S. legal professional’s workplace as they’ve appeared into this matter, and we are going to proceed that cooperation in shifting towards a closing decision.”

A federal charging doc was first filed in opposition to Banks, beneath seal, on April 14. It was unsealed Thursday.


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Mississippi state Rep. Earle Banks, D-Jackson, asks a query on the Mississippi state Capitol in Jackson, Mississippi, on Oct. 18, 2022 (Alokito Mymensingh 24 Photograph/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

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The doc exhibits Banks claimed adjusted gross earnings of $38,237 despite the fact that he knew he had obtained greater than $500,000 from the sale of actual property.

Banks is unopposed as he seeks reelection this yr in Home District 67, which is totally in Hinds County.

Conviction of many felony expenses disqualifies individuals from holding public workplaces in Mississippi, however convictions for manslaughter or violating federal tax legal guidelines don’t stop individuals from looking for or holding workplace, together with a legislative seat.

Banks ran unsuccessfully for a Mississippi Supreme Court docket seat in 2012.

Peter Johnson