Hill staffer is charged with filing false form
Prosecutors charged a top congressional staffer Wednesday with filing a false security clearance form nearly a year after he pleaded guilty to failing to pay taxes, officials said.
The U.S. Justice Department alleges that Isaac Lanier Avant, chief of staff to Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Democratic staff director for the Homeland Security Committee, “willfully made a false statement” on security clearance forms in 2008 and 2013, officials said.
Prosecutors allege that Avant responded “no” to questions on the form that asked whether he failed to file or pay federal, state or other taxes.
Avant pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in November 2016, when he admitted he failed to file taxes in 2009.
In January, Avant was sentenced to four months in prison, to be served by 30 days’ incarceration and followed up with 12 months of weekend imprisonment, according to prosecutors. He also received one year of supervised release and was ordered to pay $149,962 to the Internal Revenue Service.