Former Fort Lauderdale state Sen. Mandy Dawson will plead guilty to two counts of tax evasion and three counts of failure to file a tax return, according to documents filed yesterday in federal court. She faces up to 13 years in prison.
February 7, 2012 | 6:15am
Dawson was indicted last year after authorities say she failed to file income taxes for 2004 through 2008, failing to pay at least $24,855 in taxes in the first two years alone. The indictment also says she concealed her "true and correct income by directing payment of taxable income to a third party."
The motion filed yesterday asks the court to extend the February 21 deadline for Dawson to file a guilty plea; it says that "the defendant needs a period of time to check the accuracy of the amount of income tax owed" and that
Dawson has hired a forensic tax accountant to figure out the details.
Dawson was notified of the February deadline last October; why she suddenly discovered she needed an extra 60 days is unclear, but her public defender included a statement that "it has been difficult for the defendant and counsel to organize and complete this process because the defendant does not have a reliable means of transportation and has been undergoing medical treatment."
It's not the first time Dawson has been in hot water -- she went into drug rehab to avoid charges of forging a painkiller prescription in 2002 and was booted from the Senate Ethics and Elections committee after lobbyists paid for a 2005 trip to South Africa.