The Internal Revenue Service has filed a tax lien for over $15,000 against former Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry, claiming he owes taxes for 2005 through 2008.
Barry, who is currently a member of the D.C. Council, reportedly owes $649 for 2005, $4,907 for 2006, $8,679 for 2007 and $1,022 for 2008, according to the Washington Post. Barry has been in trouble in the past with the IRS. He pleaded guilty in 2005 to misdemeanor charges stemming from an IRS investigation and was convicted in 2006 of failing to file tax returns. At the time, he admitted to not paying most of the taxes on about $500,000 earned between 1999 and 2004. The IRS has been deducting $1,350 on a biweekly basis from his paycheck since 2006, according to the Post.
Barry has also experienced other legal troubles, most notably when he was arrested for using and possessing crack cocaine in 1990 with a former girlfriend during a sting operation that was filmed by hidden camera. More recently, he was censured by the D.C. Council this month and stripped of a committee chairmanship after investigators found he had taken part of another girlfriends $15,000 personal services contract with the district.
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