Oklahoma County judge charged with felony tax evasion

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OKLAHOMA COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – An Oklahoma County district judge has been charged with one count of Refusal to File Return with Intent to Evade Payment of Taxes after she failed to file income tax returns from 2015 through 2018. Judge Kendra Coleman allegedly owes tens of thousands of dollars in delinquent taxes. According to court documents obtained by News 4, Coleman alleges that all of the tax issues had already been taken care of before the indictment was filed. The documents allege that she filed her 2015 tax return on June 6, 2016, while her 2016 tax return was accepted on Oct. 17, 2017. It also states that her 2017 and 2018 tax returns were filed and accepted just days before the multicounty grand jury indicted her on the charges. Coleman reported that year she made a gross income of more than $65,000 but only made a 25 dollar payment toward a $1,200 worth of taxes after filing two deadlines for an extension in 2017. Prater’s team says Coleman “failed to file until nearly a year past and only after it was widely publicized.” Coleman and her attorney previously tell News 4 that the indictment is “false on its face” alleging that all tax issues were wiped clean.”
The charge filed today states Coleman failed to file her state tax return by the deadline, whether she received an extension or not. It also claims that Coleman did file her return within the extension deadline for 2015 and 2016, but she did not pay the thousands she owed for both of those years or previous years when she owed. The affidavit states that as of September 13, 2019, Coleman owed the Oklahoma Tax Commission over $23k. We tried to contact her team again in response to Monday’s felony filing but her office was cleared out and a new judge was filling in. Coleman’s attorney never returned our call. Court records also show Coleman filed her tax returns on time in 2008 and 2009. Both years the state owed her a refund.

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