Oklahoma Co. District Judge Indicted, Accused Of Failing To File Income Tax Returns
An Oklahoma County district judge walked out of jail Tuesday afternoon. She is accused of failing to pay her taxes for the past four years.
Kendra Daishon Coleman, 43, was indicted on four counts of failing to file income tax by a multi-county grand jury, according to a document filed on Tuesday in the Oklahoma County district court.
She is accused of failing to file income tax returns for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, according to the indictment.
While Coleman remains a judge, she's no longer presiding over criminal cases, instead she's been moved to probate court.
In addition to tax problems, court documents also reveal Coleman is at odds with Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater.
In a motion to have her recused, Prater accuses Coleman of a list of missteps and violations that occurred before, during, and after she was elected. They include accepting campaign donations more than 180 days before filing to run for judicial office. Also, concealing sources of contributions "despite repeated reprimands and even fines by the Ethics Commission."
The judge is also accused of letting donors influence her in a court case.
In 2017, a man's two dogs mauled an elderly woman to death.
Court documents show Coleman presided over the case, while knowing the defense attorney was one of her top five campaign contributors.
The counts Coleman are misdemeanors and are punishable by confinement for not more than one year in county jail, by a fine of not more than $5,000 or by both such fine and confinement.