Politics & Government

N.C. Bar accuses state representative of not paying taxes

In a rare and wide-ranging complaint, the N.C. State Bar has accused state Rep. Nick Mackey of "criminal acts" for failing to file four years of state and federal income tax returns.

The bar also accused him of unprofessional conduct. Among other things, it claims that Mackey failed to disclose that he was twice suspended as a Charlotte police officer, once for allegedly lying to a police review board.

The allegations, spelled out in seven-page bar complaint made public Tuesday, could lead to the Charlotte lawyer's suspension or even disbarment. It's unclear whether Mackey, a Democrat, could also face criminal charges.

Referring to the tax charges, bar counsel Katherine Jean wrote in the complaint that Mackey "committed criminal acts that reflect adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer."

Mackey has 20 days to respond, then could face a disciplinary hearing.

"I'm not going to comment on it since it's pending," he told the Observer on Wednesday. Mackey has previously denied any wrongdoing at the Police Department.

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