Former Georgia public official pleads guilty to tax evasion

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in coastal Georgia say a former public official in Camden County admitted illegally taking money intended for the payment of federal payroll taxes.

U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine said in a news release Tuesday that 52-year-old William Brunson of Kingsland pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion. Brunson was the executive director of the Camden County Public Service Authority.

Brunson was responsible for sending employment taxes to the IRS on behalf of the Public Service Authority. Prosecutors say that from 2014 to 2016, he failed to send more than $677,000 in federal taxes withheld from employee paychecks.

Prosecutors say he used an agency credit card and other funds for personal purchases, including antique cars and car parts. He also didn’t file his personal tax returns during that period.

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