December 18, 2001
 

(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE)
 
 

BERWICK MAN SENTENCED FOR FAILURE
TO FILE INCOME TAX RETURNS

Lafayette, Louisiana . . . United States Attorney Donald W. Washington announced today that Jack Smith, age 46, of Berwick, Louisiana, was sentenced by United States District Magistrate Judge Hill to 60 days in the City of Faith halfway house and 90 days home confinement to begin after the conclusion of the halfway house sentence, along with 2 years probation for failure to file income tax returns.  Smith was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, $7,346 in restitution, and $50 to the crime victim fund.  Smith is a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives.

Smith will be allowed to continue his employment, including that of a Louisiana legislator, while in the halfway house and on home confinement.  A Bill of Information was filed naming Smith as a defendant in August of 2001 for failing to file income tax returns for the years 1994 and 1995.  Smith pleaded guilty to the Bill of Information in August of 2001.

This investigation was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Lafayette Division, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Luke Walker.

Sentencing in federal court is governed by the United States Sentencing Guidelines.  Parole has been abolished in the federal system.

For further information, please contact United States Attorney Donald W. Washington at 337-262-6618 or First Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Flanagan at 318-676-3600.

This and other press releases issued by the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Louisiana can be found at our website at www.usdoj.gov/usao/law.

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