State Representative LaShawn Ford says he's guilty of falsifying his federal income tax returns in 2007. That's a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a 100-thousand-dollar fine. Ford was looking at a much longer prison sentence had prosecutors been able to prove he lied to Shore Bank when he got a loan to fix-up real estate properties.
He allegedly spent the cash to pay on car loans, credit cards, and to support his 2006 campaign. Ford denied those charges and blasted prosecutors for coming after him because of his position as a Black lawmaker. The two sides eventually reached an agreement, and the feds dropped all felony fraud charges.