HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Forrest County Chief Deputy Charles Bolton and his wife Linda pleaded not guilty to 10 federal indictment charges for tax evasion in court Thursday morning.
Both Boltons were given an unsecured $25,000 bond, and are able to leave under conditions the court set to not be violated.
According to the multi-count indictment, the Boltons,
The indictment goes on to say that they both attempted to evade the assessment of their income tax by cashing tens of thousands of dollars in checks issued in payment for liquor, wine and catering services to prevent those payments from being recorded on their business bank statements.
The couple also provided deceptive records to their tax return preparer and made false statement to their tax returns preparer for goods and services were loans, according to the indictment.
Both are residents of Hattiesburg and own businesses known as Sports 22 and Hall Avenue Package store.
They filed joint U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns with the Internal Revenue Service for tax years 2009-2013, which are the ones listed in the indictment.
The Boltons' trial date has been set for May 23.