Former Nacogdoches Co. commissioner, wife indicted on federal tax violations

BEAUMONT, TX (KTRE) - A federal grand jury has indicted a former Nacogdoches County commissioner and his wife for federal tax violations.

Reggie Cotton, 52, and Deborah Cotton, 57, were indicted on June 20 and charged with conspiracy to make a false income tax return and two counts of making a false income tax return.

According to the indictment, it is alleged that beginning in 2002, the Cottons conspired to conceal income they received from their employment with D&R Cleaning Services in an attempt to avoid paying federal income tax due totaling $45,361 and $52,451 for 2004 and 2005. It is also alleged that the Cottons filed false income tax returns which did not include a Schedule C, Profit and Loss From Business for D&R Cleaning Services for 2004 and 2005.

The defendants are scheduled for an initial appearance on July 10.

If convicted, the defendants each face up to 5 years in federal prison.

According to the indictment, the Cottons were married in 2001 and Deborah Cotton opened a bank account under her previous married name in order to hide some income.

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