Hill staffer is charged with fil­ing false form

The Washington Post - - METRO - — Clarence Wil­liams

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.

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