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Roseau official pleads guilty to false tax return

A Roseau County commissioner has pleaded guilty to one felony count of filing false tax returns to the state.

Alan Johnston of Warroad admitted in Roseau County Court today that he underreported income to the state for the tax years 2002 through 2006. In all, the 61-year-old did not report about $117,000 in income during that period.

District Court Judge Jeff Remick ordered Johnston to pay the state $14,541 in taxes owed, as well as 250 hours of community service and unsupervised probation.

Johnston also received a two-and-a-half year stay of adjutication, meaning if he meets the terms of his sentence he will not have a criminal record after that time.