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Georgia mayor avoids prison with deal on tax evasion charges


(AP) – The mayor of a Georgia city will avoid a prison term under a plea deal reached with prosecutors on charges of tax evasion.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Snellville Mayor Tom Witts accepted a plea deal Monday. Witts entered an Alford plea to 11 of the 66 charges against him. An Alford plea does not admit guilt, but concedes there is sufficient evidence for a conviction.
Witts will also resign as mayor.
He was indicted last year charges of tax evasion and of personal uses of campaign funds. The felony charges he pleaded to included false statements, false swearing, theft by conversion and tax evasion.
Witts will serve six months of house arrest and 10 years of probation. He must also pay $40,000 of delinquent taxes.

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