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Omaha councilman gets probation for not filing tax returns

December 18, 2019 GMT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha city councilman was sentenced Wednesday to four years of probation for not filing federal tax returns for 2012, 2013 or 2014.

Vinny Palermo also was fined $35,000 and told to pay $21,209 in restitution for taxes owed. Palermo pleaded guilty in September. His lawyer, James Martin Davis, has said Palermo has paid what he owed and did file the returns more than two years ago.

Palermo is a Democrat on the officially nonpartisan council. The Douglas County Republican Party has called on him to resign, but Palermo has said he won’t. He was elected to the council in 2017.

Palermo’s City Council colleagues have made no public moves to oust him. It’s allowed under the city charter if the council were to decide he committed a crime that violated his oath of office.