Congressional Staffer Failed To File Taxes And Filed False Security Clearance Form

U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced Wednesday a congressional staffer has been charged with filing a false security clearance form.

Issac Lanier Avant of Arlington, Virginia, a House of Representatives staff member and Chief of Staff for a member of Congress, started a position for the House Committee on Homeland Security in 2006. From 2008 through 2012, Avant did not file an individual income tax return, even though he received about $170,000 in wages, according to the indictment.

PrisonIn May 2005, Avant caused his employer to file a form that exempted him from federal income taxes. From 2008 through 2012, no federal income was withheld from his paycheck. In January 2013, the IRS mandated his employer to start withholding federal taxes from Avant’s paycheck.

On two separate occasions, Avant completed a Standard Form 86 “Questionnaire for National Security Positions” in 2008 and again in 2013 to receive top secret security clearance.

Avant is facing a maximum 5-year- prison sentence.

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