Initiative activist Bill Sizemore pleads guilty to tax evasion charges (updated)

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August 5, 2011

By Bailey Ludlam

Oregon

SALEM, Oregon: Initiative activist Bill Sizemore was sentenced to three years probation and 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to felony tax evasion charges on Thursday, August 4.[1]

Sizmore faced three counts of tax evasion. In the grand jury indictment issued October 27, 2009 Sizemore and his wife, Cindy Sizemore, allegedly failed to file state tax returns for the years 2006, 2007 and 2008.[2]

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.

On October 15, 2010 Cindy Sizemore pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion. She was ordered to serve 18 months of probation. Bill Sizemore, however, has pleaded not guilty to all counts.[3]

A trial was originally scheduled to begin on August 9, 2011.

In late July 2011, Judge Claudia Burton in Marion County Circuit Court denied most of Sizemore's pre-trial motions, which according to reports left Sizemore with little legal ground to argue his case. Sizemore originally faced up to five years in prison and fines of $125,000 for each count.[4]

Sizemore will serve 30 days in Marion County Jail and 36 months of supervised probation. Additionally, Sizemore must do 100 hours of community service, repay his court-appointed attorney and file tax returns for 2006, 2007 and 2008 within 120 days.[5]


Update 8/24/11: Sizemore was sentenced to serve 30 days in Marion County Jail and 36 months of supervised probation. Additionally, Sizemore was required to complete 100 hours of community service, repay his court-appointed attorney and file tax returns for 2006, 2007 and 2008 within 120 days.[6]

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