Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jury Convicts Lawmaker of Income Tax Evasion Mackey Left off $36,000 in '93

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jury Convicts Lawmaker of Income Tax Evasion Mackey Left off $36,000 in '93

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TALLAHASSEE -- A federal jury convicted state Rep. Randy

Mackey of intentionally omitting $36,000 from his 1993 income

tax return yesterday in a verdict that could end his 12-year

legislative career.

Mackey, a 48-year-old Lake City Democrat, will be sentenced

Sept. 11 on the charge, which carries a maximum penalty of three

years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

He was acquitted of another fraud count and a conspiracy

charge. His estranged wife, Pamela, was acquitted of conspiring

to aid him in the fraud.

Conviction on all of the charges, including conspiracy and the

omission of $4,000 from his 1994 return would have carried a

maximum of up to 11 years in prison and a $450,000 fine.

Pamela Mackey smiled broadly and mouthed the words "thank you"

to the jury when her notguilty verdict was rendered, while her

husband was impassive when the jurors found him guilty on the

first count of the indictment.

The two sat apart at the defense table and did not appear to

look at or speak to each other during the four-day trial.

Mackey, who had contended he thought his wife reported the

$36,000 he received from a paving company based in Lake City in

1993, said he was surprised by the verdict.

"I'm still a little bit shocked," Mackey said.

Mackey said he had made no decision on whether to appeal and had

not looked into the election law to determine whether he could

run for re-election in November.

To qualify to run for election, candidates must be qualified

voters, and felons are ineligible to vote.

Mackey could also face removal from office in his current term,

which ends in November.

The state constitution provides that no one convicted of a

felony can vote or hold office, but another provision holds that

each house of the Legislature is the sole judge of the

qualifications of its members.

Lawyers for the House of Representatives were researching the

law yesterday to determine whether it requires Mackey's removal.

House Speaker Daniel Webster, R-Orlando, issued a statement

saying he will wait for a copy of the verdict before deciding

what action to take. …

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