NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former State Rep. Girod Jackson III has been arraigned on charges of tax fraud involving his bankrupt construction company.

The Times-Picayune reports Jackson pleaded not guilty Thursday and a magistrate judge set bond at $25,000.

Jackson, a Democrat from Harvey, resigned his legislative seat after federal authorities charged him last month with filing a false tax return and two counts of failing to file a return. He was charged in a bill of information, indicating a plea deal is likely.

A special election has been set for Nov. 16. If a general election runoff is needed, it would be held Dec. 14.


Information from: The Times-Picayune

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