Former West Palm Beach City Commissioner James L. Exline pleaded guilty in West Palm Beach, Fla., to filing a false individual income tax return with the IRS for tax year 2004.
Through an information, the United States Attorney’s Office alleged Exline failed to report $50,000 in income paid to him by a Palm Beach County land developer. The payment was for past and future real estate commissions and for land-planning services related to a development being proposed by the developer.
Exline directed the land developer to pay the $50,000 to a third party, who then paid Exline. At some point after the $50,000 payment, and while the proposed development was pending in West Palm Beach, Exline met with city staff members about land use and planning issues related to the development.
During the course of these meetings, Exline did not disclose he had been retained by the developer. The development was not in Exline’s City Commission district.
Exline faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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