Former Forrest County Chief Deputy Charles Bolton and his wife, Linda team up with lawyer to steal food from prison inmates to engage in tax fraud
Shameless MS Lawyer, John Lee Jr. to Get 6 Months in Prison Due to Tax Fraud in Ongoing Forrest County Jail $$$ Scheme.
Longtime Hattiesburg attorney John Lee Jr. was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail and a year of probation for filing a false statement on an income tax return.
Lee, who has practiced law in the Hub City for decades, pleaded guilty to the charge on Sept. 22, 2017 before U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett.
Lee was a prominent figure in the criminal trial against former Forrest County Chief Deputy Charles Bolton and his wife, Linda.
The Boltons were accused of stealing food meant for inmates at the Forrest County Jail and using that food to supply their restaurant and catering business. Court documents said the Boltons also failed to pay taxes on the stolen food.
Charles was convicted on four counts of tax evasion and five counts of filing a false tax return in September 2016. Linda was found guilty of five counts of filing a false tax return.
Lee and checks from him to the Boltons were a large portion of the federal trial. Prosecutors linked the Boltons to roughly $273,500 in cashed checks from Lee that were allegedly for “food and liquor" from 2009 to 2013.
Federal prosecutors said those checks were cashed, and there is no proof where the money ended up. The defense argued that Charles would cash the checks for Lee and return the money to him.
The Boltons have since filed civil lawsuits against Lee and several others.
The lawsuit against Lee alleges the attorney paid the Boltons’ former accounting firm to violate their duties to the Boltons.
The civil complaint also says the checks that were in question during the Boltons’ trial were not paid to the Boltons for good and services and the couple never kept any money after cashing the checks.