Father and son plead not guilty to tax evasion

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A Columbus father and his son appeared in Muscogee County's federal court for tax evasion.

Wednesday, Edward Griffin, Sr. and Edward Griffin, Jr. plead not guilty to a grand total of 18 tax violation charges.

Defense attorney, Richard Hagler, did not comment on the case, other than to say the men have entered a plea and the case will proceed.

The charges stem from the father and son allegedly failing to pay income taxes that were withheld from employees at five Columbus businesses in 2004 and 2005.

We're told the maximum punishment for each of the 18 offenses is five years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, three years supervised release, a $100 assessment fee and the cost of prosecution.

Judge Faircloth is overseeing the case for the Middle District of Georgia's U.S. District Court branch.

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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