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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that Milwaukee County Court Commissioner Geneva E. McKinley was convicted of two counts of filing false tax documents following her change of plea today in Dane County Circuit Court. Judge Julie Genovese withheld sentence and ordered McKinley to serve a period of 18 months on probation, and ordered that she serve five days in jail as a condition of probation. If McKinley attends a required number of counseling sessions, she can petition to have her probation end after one year.
McKinley was convicted for filing personal income tax returns for the 2005 and 2006 tax years that contained materially false statements. On her 2005 return, filed on December 20, 2006, McKinley failed to report more than $10,000 in private pay legal fees she received in addition to contract work she performed for the State Public Defender’s Office in Milwaukee. On her 2006 return, filed in 2008 while she was working as a Milwaukee County court commissioner, McKinley failed to report more than $18,000 in private pay legal fees and also just under $40,000 in rental income she received on a commercial property she owned in Milwaukee. The complaint initially charged a similar violation for failing to report $60,000 in rental income in 2007, but that count was amended to reflect the 2005 violation. McKinley became a court commissioner in 2007.
Each charge of filing a false tax document is punishable by imprisonment of up to nine months and a $10,000 fine, or both. Restitution will be sought by the Department of Revenue civilly for all tax years.
Assistant Attorney General David W. Maas represented the State. The case was investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.