Louisiana state representative resigns amid fraud charges
By Tyler King
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana: State Representative Girod Jackson, III resigned from the Louisiana House of Representatives effective August 22, 2013, as U.S. Attorney Dana Bonte's office charged Jackson with one count of making a fraudulent statement in his tax returns and two counts of willful failure to file taxes. Jackson is alleged to have misrepresented on a federal tax return how much his company, Diversified Ventures, earned during 2006. Prosecutors say the company made about $600,000 from contracts while Jackson and his wife listed only $108,000. That discrepancy caused the Jacksons to avoid paying almost $80,000 in taxes. If convicted, Jackson faces up to three years in proson and a $100,000 fine.
Jackson, a Democrat first elected to the chamber in 2007, said in a statement, "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." He continued, "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."
A special election will be held to fill the vacancy left by Jackson's resignation. The primary election date will be Saturday, November 16, 2013, and the general election will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013. Qualified candidates are required to file no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2013.