The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

July 2, 2013

Ex-State House employee convicted for failing to file, pay taxes

From staff reports

— A former employee of the Alabama House of Representatives has been convicted for failing to file and pay income taxes.

William Clay Covington, 41, a former employee of the Alabama House of Representatives, pleaded guilty today to four counts of failure to file tax returns and one count of failure to pay income taxes, according to Attorney General Luther Strange. Prior to pleading guilty, Covington paid $15,481 in restitution to the Department of Revenue for unpaid taxes, penalties and interest, Strange said.

The state’s evidence against Covington included records showing he earned $237,620 in wages from the state and $277,000 in other income from the Macon County Greyhound Park and the Jefferson County Racing Association from 2006 to 2011, the attorney general said. The evidence also showed Covington failed to pay state taxes on this income, and he pleaded guilty to failing to pay income tax for the 2006 tax year, Strange said. Covington also pleaded guilty to not filing a tax return for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, the attorney general said.