Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Legislator Goes on Trial in Tax Case

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Legislator Goes on Trial in Tax Case

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TALLAHASSEE -- When state Rep. Randy Mackey of Lake City goes on

trial tomorrow on charges of filing falsified federal tax

returns, he'll have more at stake than the typical defendant.

If convicted of two counts of misrepresenting his income and

one count of conspiring to defraud the government in what is

expected to be a four-day trial, Mackey, 48, could face 11 years

in prison and fines of up to $450,000.

A conviction also would mean the likely end of his political

career. The trial is in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee.

But Mackey, a six-term House Democrat, might still be able to

run for re-election if he is somehow convicted after July 13,

state election officials said. And if he won, he could probably

serve his legislative term under House rules.

Mackey, whose House seat is up for election this year, was

indicted along with his wife, Pamela Mackey, in February. Pamela

Mackey was charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the

government.

The government said the Mackeys reported earnings of $22,235 in

1993 and $31,021 in 1994 but didn't disclose several checks they

received from a road-paving contractor.

Both were released on bond, and Mackey represented his district

during the legislative session that ended this month.

If Mackey is convicted prior to July 13, he would be a felon

and wouldn't qualify for the election, said Mike Cochran, an

attorney with the state Division of Elections.

However, if for some reason Mackey's trial ended with a

conviction after the first day of candidate qualifying on July

13, he still could place his name on the ballot, Cochran said.

In addition, if Mackey won both the Democratic primary and the

general election, he likely could serve his term despite a

possible federal felony conviction. …

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