Sunday, March 18, 2007

Former Gov. Claude Kirk Jr. accused of not paying income tax


MIAMI - Former governor Claude R. Kirk Jr. did not pay more than $318,000 in income taxes over the past 10 years, according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday.

Kirk, who became Florida's first Republican governor of the 20th century, owes $318,498.46 dating back to 1995, plus fees and interests, according to the lawsuit filed by Miami U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta.

Additionally, authorities allege Kirk put his West Palm Beach home under his wife, Erika's name, to avoid paying taxes even though the house was purchased by the former governor. Authorities are trying to put a lien against the home and other property, according to the lawsuit filed in the U.S. Southern District Court of Florida in West Palm Beach.

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