Former Mayor-for-Life Marion Barry has propelled himself to the front ranks of candidates for Secretary of Health and Human Services. He hasn’t filed his taxes!
Not that this is unusual. He was convicted of violating the tax law and has been on probation. But, too busy doing the people’s business, he’s now violated the law (and his probation) again.
For the second time in two years, frustrated federal prosecutors took aim at Marion Barry’s chronic failure to file his tax returns and urged a judge to put him in jail.
The move by authorities is the latest act in a long-running tug of war between authorities and the D.C. Council member over his tax status. In all, prosecutors say, Barry has failed to file his returns on time in eight of the past nine years.
Barry’s office issued a statement last night saying he hasn’t seen the prosecutor’s motion. “I don’t have any idea as to what the motion says,” he said. “I’m busy doing my work on the Council helping people get jobs and find affordable housing.”
HHS remains open. Can Barry’s selection remain far behind?
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