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Press Release

Smith County Constable Sentenced for Federal Tax Violations

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Texas

TYLER, Texas – A long-time Smith County Precinct One Constable has been sentenced to federal prison for criminal tax violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.


Henry Phillip Jackson, 65, of Tyler, Texas pleaded guilty on May 16, 2017, to four counts of willful failure to file federal income tax returns and was sentenced to six months in federal prison today by U.S. Magistrate Judge K. Nicole Mitchell. Jackson was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $157,489.


According to information presented in court, Jackson, who has served as an elected constable since 1999, received income from 2010-2013 that required him to file federal income tax returns for those years. However, Jackson failed to file those returns and now owes more than $160,000 in taxes.


This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Coan.


Updated September 15, 2017