Oregon anti-tax activist and gubernatorial candidate indicted for tax evasion
SALEM, Oregon: Bill Sizemore, an Oregon anti-tax activist and 2010 gubernatorial candidate, was indicted for tax evasion according to an announcement made by Oregon Attorney General John Kroger. In the grand jury indictment issued October 27th Sizemore and his wife, Cindy Sizemore, allegedly failed to file state tax returns for the years 2006, 2007 and 2008. Both Bill and Cindy were charged with three counts each of personal tax evasion. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a $125,000 fine. According to officials, Sizemore admitted under oath in a 2008 civil case that he hadn't filed tax returns. Sizemore did not take advantage of the tax amnesty period, which ended November 19, according to the Oregon Justice Department. The period allows taxpayers to amend their returns without penalty. In response to the charges Sizemore said, "There was no intent to evade taxes. You aren't trying to evade taxes if you pay estimated taxes." Sizemore and his wife said they both plan to plead not-guilty.