Man sentenced for tax evasion after claiming he is Maine’s governor

Posted Dec. 29, 2010, at 10:46 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A 42-year-old Maine man’s claim that he was governor so he didn’t have to pay taxes didn’t save him from a conviction on a tax evasion charge.

Attorney General Janet Mills says Joseph Darling of West Gardiner was sentenced to 21 days in jail and ordered to pay $11,388 in restitution of state incomes taxes he owes for the years 2004 through 2007.

At his sentencing hearing in Augusta District Court, Darling claimed he didn’t have to pay taxes because he was governor of Maine.

Mills notes that even if Darling were governor, he would still have to pay income tax on his state salary.

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