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Forrest County deputy’s tax evasion trial delayed

The federal tax evasion trial for Forrest County Chief Deputy Charles Bolton and his wife, Linda Bolton, has been continued again.

The Hattiesburg American reports the trial is now scheduled for Sept. 12.

Although the continuance was granted to allow Linda Bolton’s new attorneys time to prepare her case, U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett said he was reluctant, given the circumstances, blaming Linda Bolton for causing the delay.

The couple is charged with five counts each of filing false tax returns and five counts each of tax evasion.

The charges stem from returns the couple filed between 2010 and 2014.

The Boltons, who own two Hattiesburg businesses, are accused of trying to hide income.


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