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Fmr. Ala. State House employee arrested, charged with failure to pay taxes

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange's office is confirming the arrest of a former employee of the Alabama House of Representatives who is charged with failure to file income tax returns and failure to pay income taxes.

William Clay Covington, 41, surrendered Wednesday afternoon at the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

AG Strange's Special Prosecutions Division presented evidence to a Montgomery County grand jury on April 5 which resulted in six indictment charges against Covington for failing to pay income taxes on $237,620 in wages from the State of Alabama and $277,000 in other income from the Macon County Greyhound Park, otherwise known as Victoryland, and the Jefferson County Racing Association.

The indictment also charges Covington with four counts of failing to file an income tax return for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

"I am proud to represent Mr. Covington, he is a good man and he has a clean record," said his attorney, Jim Sturdivant. "He is the father of two young boys. He looks forward to putting this unpleasant process behind him and getting on with a useful and productive life in the future."

If convicted, Covington faces a maximum penalty of one year in jail and fines of $25,000 for each of the ten counts in the indictment, as well as other financial penalties and interest on the unpaid taxes.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Attorney General's Office

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