On Wednesday, a Democratic congressional official was charged with submitting an inaccurate security clearance form almost a year after he was found guilty of not paying taxes, according to a statement on the official page of the US Department of Justice.
The statement says that the accused, Isaac Lanier Avant, in 2008 and again in 2013, while working as an official for the Committee on Homeland Security, Avant reportedly filed a Standard Form 86, “Questionnaire for National Security Positions” (SF-86) in order to acquire a Top Secret security clearance.
Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg and U.S. Attorney Liu thanked special agents of the FBI, who conducted the investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorney John Marston and Assistant Chief Todd Ellinwood of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case, read the statement on the DOJ’s website.
According to the indictment, on Sept. 18, 2013, Avant deliberately lied when he said “no” to the following question on his SF-86 form: “In the past seven (7) years have you failed to file or pay federal, state, or other taxes when required by law or ordinance?”
In November of last year, Avant confessed to a misdemeanor when he admitted that he did not file taxes for 2009. Since he pled guilty, prosecutors cleared him of the charges of not filing his tax forms in 2010 and 2013.
If ultimately indicted, Avant is looking at a maximum prison sentence of five years, as well as supervised release and financial remuneration.
The Democrat was sentenced to four months in behind bars in January — a sentence to be served by a 30-day time in prison an additional 12 months of weekend incarceration according to prosecutors. Moreover, Avant was also obliged to a one-year supervised release and had to pay $149,962 to the Internal Revenue Service.
The indictment only suspects of the crimes against Avant (and all defendants for that matter), and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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