Fmr. White Hall mayor faces prison time

File Photo: Mayor John Jackson (2009)
File Photo: Mayor John Jackson (2009)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Authorities said former White Hall Mayor John Jackson has pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return.

U.S. Department of Justice officials said Jackson admitted filing a false joint 2004 tax return that did not report all of the total income earned by him and his spouse. Authorities say he faces up to three years in prison.

Jackson helped incorporate White Hall about 31 years ago and was elected mayor in every election since that time.

He was forced to resign from office in October 2009 after a conviction on state ethics law violations. Jackson received a one-year suspended jail sentence for using his office for personal gain. In that case, Jackson had been charged with stealing more than $46,000 from the city treasury in connection with the sale of property used to build an electronic bingo hall.

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