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SEC goes after Georgia financial advisor for fraud

Being accused of a crime is about more than the just jail or financial penalties, it is also about a person's reputation. This is especially true for high-profile individuals like politicians, whose reputations may be the very foundations of their careers. Anyone facing criminal tax prosecution for a failure to file or failure to pay should take the matter very seriously. In some cases the very nature of what is at stake is too large to ignore.

According to a recent news report, a Democratic State Representative from Atlanta was indicted by a federal grand jury in early May. The 30-count federal indictment included allegations of mail fraud, wire fraud and tax fraud. The indictment claims that from the 1990s to 2012 the local politician solicited financial contributions for a variety of charitable causes that were actually used to pay personal expenses.

Supporters of the 67-year-old Democratic state representative recently came out to offer their support of the longtime civil rights leader. Supporters have accused federal prosecutors of unfairly targeting the man at the center of the dispute, claiming that the government is wasting time and money that would be better spent on unsolved racial crimes. The representative has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges against him.

Those accused of tax law violations have the right to challenge every element of the prosecution's case in court. Even if the evidence is overwhelming, a defense attorney can often broker a deal with the prosecution that involves a reduction of the charges or the sentence, rather than going to trial.

Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle, "State Rep. Tyrone Brooks pleads not guilty to tax fraud," Carla Caldwell, May 23, 2013

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