State representative indicted on tax violations, resigns

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Posted on August 22, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 22 at 5:21 PM

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NEW ORLEANS - Girod Jackson, a state representative whose district includes parts of the West Bank of Jefferson Parish has been indicted for violations of the U.S. tax code, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

Jackson also resigned his position, according to an email from the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.

The indictment came in a three-count Bill of Information.

According to court documents, Jackson, who represents District 87, misrepresented income from his company, Diversified Ventures, LLC, in 2007 and 2008.

The documents say that despite earning sufficient income required to report - and filing requests for extensions, Jackson didn't file taxes at all.

"Rep. Jackson has served the constituents and the LLBC with a spirit of hard work and compassion for the people," said a statement from the LLBC. "It's with hearts of prayer that we, as members of the LLBC, receive this news."

Jackson was elected in 2007.

Jackson issued the following statement:

"“For the last five and a half years, I have proudly represented the people of the 87th District of the Louisiana House of Representatives. During my time in office, I have worked to be a symbol of honor and pride for myself and the constituents of the 87th District. And while I aim to live my life with dignity and respect, I am not without fault. Several years ago, there were filing errors on my business tax returns and delayed initial filings arising from accounting errors and oversight. Today, I have accepted the consequences of those mistakes.

As a part of accepting these consequences, regretfully, I have submitted my letter of resignation to the Secretary of State and The Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives. It was a hard decision to make, but I am fully focused on moving forward and doing what is right for my family and the people of District 87. I hope in time, I will not be defined solely by my personal mistakes.

Today, I acknowledge and accept my errors. My hope is to come out of this ordeal a stronger and wiser man. I humbly apologize to my family, my colleagues, my former constituents and the general public. I know that I have disappointed many people and I will spend the rest of my life working to regain your trust."

 

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