Charles and Linda Bolton plead not guilty to federal charges

Charles and Linda Bolton plead not guilty to federal charges
Charles Bolton arrives to federal court. Photo Credit: WDAM
Former Hattiesburg Police Chief Frazier Bolton, attending the hearing for his brother Charles. Photo Credit: WDAM
Former Hattiesburg Police Chief Frazier Bolton, attending the hearing for his brother Charles. Photo Credit: WDAM

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,

"...did willfully attempt to evade and defeat a large part of the income tax due and owning by defendants to the United States of America by, among other things, preparing and causing to be prepared, and by signing and causing to be signed, a false and fraudulent joint U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, Form 1040, on behalf of defendants, which was filed with the IRS."

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.