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Former Harvey Lawmaker Arraigned, Enters Not Guilty Plea

Former Harvey Lawmaker Arraigned, Enters Not Guilty Plea

Former State Rep. Girod Jackson III has been arraigned on charges of tax fraud involving his bankrupt construction company.

The Times-Picayune reports Jackson pleaded not guilty Thursday and a magistrate judge set bond at $25,000.

Jackson, a Democrat from Harvey, resigned his legislative seat after federal authorities charged him last month with filing a false tax return and two counts of failing to file a return. He was charged in a bill of information, indicating a plea deal is likely.

A special election has been set for Nov. 16. If a general election runoff is needed, it would be held Dec. 14.

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