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August 14, 2013

Former Ala. House employee faces sentencing

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former employee of the Alabama House is scheduled for sentencing for failing to pay state income taxes and failing to file tax returns.

The attorney general's office is recommending at least 60 days in jail for former House employee William Clay Covington. Defense lawyers are seeking probation when Covington is sentenced Wednesday by Circuit Judge William Shashy.

Covington pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges involving not paying income taxes for 2006 and failing to file tax returns for 2006 through 2009. Court records show part of his income included monthly payments to serve as Wiregrass liaison for Milton McGregor's two dog tracks.

Covington has paid the state nearly $15,000 in unpaid taxes, penalties and interest on nearly $515,000 in income from 2005 to 2011.

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