A state lawmaker, accused of violating provisions of the federal tax code, has resigned from the legislature.
Girod Jackson III of Harvey, a Democrat who was elected in 2007, has been charged with one felony count of making a fraudulent statement on a tax return and two misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file tax returns.
According to court documents, Jackson misrepresented the total income received by his company, Diversified Ventures, LLC, in 2006 on his federal tax return. In 2007 and 2008, he failed to file any tax returns despite having filed for extensions to do so.
Jackson, an Army veteran who served in Desert Storm, submitted his resignation to the Secretary of State and the Speaker of the House and he issued a public apology.
"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," he said in a written statement.
If convicted of the felony count, Jackson would face up to three years in prison and up to a year in prison on each of the misdemeanors.