Scott Due To Return To Gary City Council
August 4, 2014 — Gary City Councilman Ronier Scott, who is expected to be released today from a federal prison in Terre Haute, could be back on the city payroll tomorrow and may attend the Tuesday 6 p.m. Council meeting.
Scott went to federal prison on May 6th, following his earlier guilty plea to two counts of income tax evasion. He received a sentence of three months in prison and 400 hours of community service.
Scott admitted in his plea back in February that he did not file tax returns on income earned through his council position and a family business for each year between 2000 and 2003 and in 2008 and 2009.
His fellow Democratic council members voted on May 12th to withhold his pay while Scott was in prison. A check of city payroll records confirmed that Scott has not been paid since he reported to the medium-security prison.
Council president Kyle Allen wanted to boot Scott off the council, but there was no support for doing so other council members. Scott refused to resign from the council seat that paid him just over 27-thousand dollars last year, saying he was the sole breadwinner for his family.