Rep. Erik Fresen, Pro-Gambling Lawmaker, Owes Thousands To The IRS
|Rep. Erik Fresen|
Then again, considering Fresen's own troubles with paying the IRS, maybe it's no shock that he's not putting taxpayers first.
According to Miami-Dade court records, Fresen owes close to thirty grand in taxes to the Internal Revenue Service and $641,000 to his mortgage lender. For a guy who claims a personal net worth of $330,000, that is a lot a debt. Even worse, he didn't list the obligations on his most recent personal financial disclosure statements.
Fresen didn't return multiple messages Riptide left at his offices in Miami and in Tallahassee.
Under Florida law, it is illegal for public officials to omit liabilities on the declaration form. Recently, the Miami-Dade Ethics Commission fined ex-North Bay Village Mayor Corina Esquijarosa because she submitted a disclosure statement that did not list a judgement against her, as well as income she derived from a rental property.
On Fresen's 2010 disclosure sheet, he lists just $113,000 in Sallie Mae student loans as his only liability. Yet, the IRS recently filed a lien against Fresen, claiming he did not pay $7,274 in income taxes he owed in 2004, as well as $21,925 owed for 2007.
That's not all. In 2009, La Salle Bank won a $641,000 final judgement for foreclosure on Fresen's Coral Gables residence. A year later, the judgment was overturned and the bank had to file new foreclosure proceedings against Fresen. Since the debts occurred before 2010, Fresen was required to list then all on the liabilities section.
It is not the first time the state representative, a "land use consultant" who was first elected in 2008, has been accused of breaking the rules.
Last year he paid $10,000 in fines for submitting incomplete and late campaign reports between 2008 and 2009. This past April, a Tallahassee mom filed a state ethics commission complaint against Fresen. Trish Thompson alleges Fresen helped slip language into a charter school bill that would benefit a charter school company called Academica that employs his sister and brother-in-law. The complaint was recently dismissed.
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