Former Austin state representative pleads guilty to tax evasion

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A former Texas state representative pleaded guilty to tax evasion Thursday, according to the Department of Justice.

According to the DOJ, Ronald Ray Wilson, formerly of Austin, hid pension checks and other assets from the IRS to avoid paying nearly $800,000 in tax debt.

Wilson was an elected member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1977 to 2004, and after leaving office, he earned a monthly pension from his service while working as an attorney at his own firm, Ron Wilson & Associates.

The Justice Department said in September 2008 and February 2011 that Wilson had agreed to two US Tax Court rulings that found he owed unpaid taxes to the IRS, but that he then tried to hide the income and your assets from the IRS to avoid paying back taxes.

The Justice Department said Wilson used his law firm’s trust account to hide personal assets and stopped direct deposit of his monthly House pension to receive physical checks instead. According to a statement from the Department of Justice, this was an attempt to avoid an IRS levy on his personal bank account.

“In total, Wilson caused a tax loss to the IRS of approximately $794,632,” the DOJ said.

Wilson will be sentenced at a later date. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

The Justice Department said the IRS criminal investigation is investigating the case.

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