Ex-Illinois State Senator Indicted on Federal Tax Fees | Illinois Information

CHICAGO (AP) – A former Illinois state senator faces federal tax burdens for allegedly reporting revenue from her lobbying and advisory firm and not filing a federal income tax return, the U.S. attorney in Chicago said Wednesday.

Annazette Collins, 58, is charged with deliberately filing false individual tax returns for 2014 and 2015 and failing to file an individual tax return for 2016.

U.S. attorney John R. Lausch Jr. announced that Collins is also charged with failing to file tax returns for her advisory and lobbying business for 2015 and 2016. Chicago-based Kourtnie Nicole Corp. Collins has refused to comment on the charges.

Collins, who left the Senate in 2013 after losing in a Democratic Party primary the previous year, was among several former lawmakers hired by Commonwealth Edison to stand up for the state’s lawmakers. Collins was registered as a contract lobbyist for ComEd in 2014.

Lausch did not mention ComEd when announcing the charges against Collins.

According to prosecutors, any crime that involves filing an incorrect income tax return is punishable by up to three years in prison. The offense of deliberately not filing an individual or corporate tax return results in a maximum imprisonment of one year.

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