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Chief of Staff of State Senator Indicted on Tax Charges

February 1, 2012

Tampa, FL - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Benjamin A. Kelly (56, Tampa) with five counts of failing to file a tax return. If convicted on all counts, Kelly faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.

According to the indictment, Benjamin A. Kelly failed to file a federal tax return, as he was required to do, by law, for calendar years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It will be prosecuted by United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill.

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