Former DC Mayor Confidant Could Go To Jail For Tax Charges

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Another confidant of former Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray may wind up in jail after failing to file tax returns two years in a row.

Reuben Charles, a D.C. businessman and former campaign associate of Gray, was charged by a grand jury Tuesday for failing to file his taxes in 2010 and 2011, The Washington Post reports.

Charles worked as a fundraiser and campaign operations director for Gray’s 2010 mayoral campaign. The Gray campaign has been under federal investigation since October 2011, when the D.C. United States Attorney’s Office began subpoenaing documents and interviewing staff workers.

So far, seven other Gray associates have pleaded guilty to running a “shadow campaign” funded by Jeffrey Thompson, a wealthy D.C. developer. Thompson pleaded guilty in 2014 to illegally funneling more than $650,000 into the 2010 mayoral race through several straw donors and checks written to Gray’s family members.

The U.S. Attorney’s office has accused Gray of being in on the plan to funnel illegal money into the race, but so far has produced no evidence to back up those claims. Gray has been under investigation for more than four and a half years.

Charles has a history of tax issues, according to the Washington City Paper. Charles was climbing the ladder in the Gray campaign and set to take a leadership position, but revelations that he owed more than $230,000 in unpaid state taxes held him back.

If convicted, Charles could face up to a year in prison for each of the charges.

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