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Ex-lawmaker indicted on tax evasion charges
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Former state representative Mary Jeanette Jamieson, D-Toccoa, faces two counts of income tax evasion, and her case will be tried in Fulton County.

The grand jury returned the indictments Friday, and each count carries a possibility of five years in prison and fine up to $100,000, according to Attorney General Thurbert Baker’s office.

The first count states Jamieson only had $61.68 withheld from her $127,000 income for state tax during 2006, including income from her tax preparation business and $14,000 from her General Assembly office. The second count states Jamieson only had $85.08 withheld from her $61,000 income for state tax during 2007, which included $15,000 from her work as a representative. She did not file a state income tax return for either year.

Judge Michael Johnson was selected Monday to preside over the case, and now the Fulton County Sheriff’s office must book Jamieson on the charges, said Russ Willard, spokesperson for the state attorney general’s office.

In February 2008, a lien was placed against Jamieson for $45,734 she owed the Georgia Department of Revenue for state income tax for 1998 through 2005. She paid the lien in Stephens County in April 2008. She told the Atlanta Journal Constitution in February 2008 that her public service responsibilities caused her to be careless about her own taxes.

Jamieson had served as a state representative since 1985 and lost her bid for re-election in 2008.