OK Co. judge indicted by multicounty grand jury for failing to file income tax

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OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma County judge has been indicted by a multicounty grand jury for failing to file her income tax return.

Judge Kendra Coleman allegedly owed tens of thousands of dollars in delinquent taxes.

According to the indictment, Coleman failed to file income tax returns in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

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This comes as she continues a fight with the district attorney for her position on the bench.

She was elected in her first run for the position in November 2018.

However, District Attorney David Prater is demanding she step back from criminal cases.

According to a motion he filed, she's "intentionally violated" ethics rules by failing to report final campaign contributions.

Prater alleges she has "actively concealed the sources of contributions."

His motion was filed after prosecutors fought to prevent her from hearing an ongoing case.

It's a case News 4 first reported on in 2017 when an elderly woman was mauled and killed by a vicious dog.

The dog's owner is represented by a defense attorney who was also a major campaign donor for the judge, according to Prater.

Prater writes she is "bent on returning campaign favors" by ruling in favor of the defense.

Now The Oklahoman, which first reported on the controversy, is reporting she owes more than $100,000 in delinquent state and federal taxes. News 4 has confirmed nearly $35,000.

Judge Coleman has already declined to recuse herself during a private hearing. There will be a second, public hearing sometime this week.


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