Imprisoned Gary city councilman to keep position

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GARY, Ind. (AP) — The Gary City Council has decided to allow a councilman to keep his position while he spends three months in federal prison for failing to file federal income taxes.

Council members declined Tuesday to force Scott out of office but did vote 8-0 to withhold his pay while he’s in prison. The Post-Tribune reports council president Kyle Allen wanted Scott ousted so the council could maintain its sense of integrity and ethics, but other members didn’t support the move.

The 42-year-old Scott pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor tax evasion in February. Scott would have to forfeit his seat if convicted of a felony. He said he won’t resign because he needs to support his family.

Scott reported to prison on May 6. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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