Former NJ Mayor, Wife Sentenced for Tax Evasion

Monday, May 17, 2010  |  Updated 11:30 AM EDT
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Former NJ Mayor, Wife Sentenced for Tax Evasion

A former New Jersey mayor and his wife have each been sentenced to a year of probation for attempted tax evasion.

Leonard Kaiser, a former Republican councilman and five-term mayor of North Arlington and his wife, a retired county administrative assistant who served as his campaign treasurer, pleaded guilty in January to attempting to evade taxes on $28,000 they took for their personal use from Kaiser's mayoral campaign fund in 2003.

At their plea hearing, Mr. and Mrs. Kaiser admitted that while they knew that New Jersey election laws prohibited the personal use of campaign funds, they nevertheless caused a number of checks to be issued from the election fund to Barbara Kaiser, personally, after Leonard Kaiser lost the 2002 election.

The couple, who declared income of $242,503 in 2003, were trying to avoid paying $5,364 in taxes by failing to disclose the extra income on their tax return or in campaign expense reports, authorities charged.

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