Arkansas lawmakers filing accused no taxes for 15 years arrested

This undated photo provided by the Arkansas Secretary of state’s office shows that Arkansas state Rep. Mickey gates of the Hot springs, was arrested on six felony charges, after authorities said he could not tax income to pay for a number of years and received almost $260,000 to the state.


An Arkansas legislator was arrested Thursday after authorities say he filed his taxes since 2003, and has nearly $260,000, penalties, interest and back taxes.

Rep. Mickey Gates, a Republican, surrendered to the authorities after he was accused of six cases of non-payment or file a return between 2012 to 2017, Arkansas State Police said. Despite submitting not since 2003, Gates cannot be charged for injuries to, the outside of the six-year Statute of limitations.

Gates’ office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Gates, 58, told state police he believed in an interview earlier this month, he had been with the state for the years 2003 to 2007, for $30,000, and made the $1,500 monthly payments on the settlement, according to the arrest affidavit. Gates also said he was under the impression that the state Department of Finance and Administration is completed on his behalf for the 2007 to 2015 and they had not filed returns for 2015.

A lawyer for the legislature told The Associated Press that Gates has in common with authorities and “will continue to work with them.” He has not said, however, if gates’s departure, the fees would be.

The Hot Springs, Ark., Legislator seeks re-election in November of this year, the Democratic Challenger Kevin Rogers.

Gates surrendered on Thursday and was released from the Garland County jail on $1,500 bond.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @PaulinaDedaj.

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