Former state rep. pleads guilty to tax fraud

New Orleans, La. - Former state representative Girod Jackson pleaded guilty to tax fraud and evasion charges Thursday morning.

When asked how he would plead, Jackson in a low tone said "guilty" to all three counts spelled out in the federal bill of information.

Jackson's guilty plea was expected because the charges came in the form of a bill of information and not as part of an indictment.

Jackson, a Democrat who represented the Westbank of Jefferson Parish, resigned from the Louisiana legislature in August on the same day the charges against him were announced by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The feds accused him of making false statements on a tax return and in two instances not filing taxes for his business Diversified Ventures.

Jackson could face a sentence of three years. Sentencing is set for January 9th.