Allison Lambert, a Logan County BOE member from the Man area, has been charged in a federal information with tax evasion. The information was filed in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, on March 9.
The information states that Lambert, on April 19, 2009, "did willfully attempt to evade and defeat a large part of the income tax due and owing by her to the United States of America for the calendar year 2008, by filing and causing to be filed with the director, Internal Revenue Service Center, at Kansas City, Missouri, a false and fraudulent U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, Form 1040, wherein she stated that her taxable income for the calendar year 2008, was the sum of $168,995 and that the amount of tax due and owing thereon was the sum of $22,878, whereas, as she then and there well knew and believed, her taxable income for the said calendar year was substantially in excess of that heretofore stated and that upon said additional taxable income a substantial additional tax was due and owing to the United States of America. In violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7201."
An information usually means that someone charged with a crime has already entered into an agreement with the federal government and accepted the terms of the agreement.
Lambert said in a phone interview Saturday morning that the matter "is personal and I'd just as soon not discuss it."
When asked if she is going to be forced to resign her BOE seat as part of an agreement, Lambert answered "I don't know that yet, but it has nothing to do with the school board. That hasn't been part of no agreement. It's personal and if I resign, I will send you a letter."
Lambert's term on the board ends this year and she did not file to run for reelection.
The Logan County Board of Education meets every second and fourth Thursday. A regular meeting is scheduled for March 25.