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Milwaukee County Court Commissioner charged with tax fraud

A criminal complaint was filed in Dane County on Wednesday against Milwaukee County Court Commissioner Geneva E. McKinley, charging her with two counts of filing fraudulent income tax returns.

According to the complaint, McKinley filed tax returns for 2006 and 2007 that understated her income by more than $100,000.

McKinley claimed adjusted gross income of $19,391 in 2007 and negative-$18,226 in 2006.

The complaint asserts her actual gross income was $35,630 in 2006 and $100,929 in 2007.

As a result, the complaint asserts underpayment of taxes over the two-year period to be $25,444 in federal taxes and $7,369 in state taxes.

Both counts are Class H felonies, with maximum penalties of six years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine as to each count.

McKinley was appointed a court commissioner in March 2007.

According to Milwaukee County Chief Judge Jeffrey Kremers, he had not yet seen the complaint, and would not comment until he reviews it. Kremers said, however, that if convicted of a felony, McKinley would lose her law license and be unable to continue to serve as a commissioner.

McKinley’s initial appearance is scheduled on Monday, July 11, in Dane County Circuit Court.

McKinley could not be immediately reached for comment.

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