*In response to reports that Michael Jackson’s one-time publicist pleaded guilty last month for failing to file tax returns from 2006-2008, during the time she worked for the late pop star, her lawyer sent us the following clarification:
“Contrary to published reports, my client Raymone Bain, did not plead guilty to income tax evasion, nor did she plead guilty to failure to file her income tax returns for 2006 and 2007.
“On June 22, 2011, Ms. Bain plead guilty to failure to file her federal and District of Columbia Income tax returns for 2008, both of which are misdemeanors.”
The Associated Press reported that Bain “pleaded guilty to two counts in federal court for failing to pay income taxes owed from 2006 through 2008.” During that period, she was responsible for daily operations of the Michael Jackson Co., including financial and marketing tasks in addition to public relations.
The AP also reported that “court documents put the tax loss between $200,000 and $400,000,” and Bain agreed to pay the back taxes she owes under a plea agreement with the government. She must also file accurate returns covering five years starting in 2004 before her sentencing Aug. 31, the AP reported.