Former state lawmaker pleads not guilty to tax evasion
By Jack Brammer
FRANKFORT â€“ A former state representative and prosecutor from Martin County pleaded not guilty Friday to tax evasion charges that allege he failed to pay state income taxes from 2004 to 2009.
Leo Marcum, 68, of Inez, represented himself at an arraignment in Franklin Circuit Court on the six felony counts. He was indicted last October by a Franklin County grand jury.
Marcum was not immediately available for comment.
Franklin Commonwealthâ€™s Attorney Larry Cleveland said Marcum owes an unknown amount of unpaid taxes to the Kentucky Department of Revenue.
â€œThe state says his income over those years was $460,000. He just didnâ€™t file at all,â€ Cleveland said.
Records in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Kentucky show that Marcum was sued in March 2010 by the federal government for $1.3 million in unpaid federal taxes. That case is still pending.
State records show that Marcum on March 8 posted payment of $6,000 on a $60,000 bond to stay out of jail.
Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd has set an April 15 hearing to review the stateâ€™s case against Marcum.
Marcum was a Republican state representative from Inez from 1978 to 1979. In the legislature, he successfully advocated for a measure to prohibit taxing districts from raising property taxes more than 4 percent a year without a vote of the public.
Marcum was Commonwealthâ€™s Attorney from 1987 to 2002 for the 24th Judicial District, which covers Lawrence, Johnson and Martin counties.
Marcum was suspended from practicing law for one year in April 2010 for professional misconduct in handling two legal cases.
If convicted of a state felony, he could face possible disbarment.