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Ex-Hawkins County judge allegedly did not pay taxes for secretary

May 15th, 2012 4:00 am by Jeff Bobo

ROGERSVILLE — One person who has defended former Hawkins County Sessions Judge James “Jay” Taylor through all of the lawsuits, investigations and accusations of theft and bribery over the past year was his former secretary, Kathy Cradic.
That came to an end last week, however, when Cradic learned that she too was allegedly a victim of Taylor. Cradic was a secretary in Taylor’s private law office for seven years before being appointed Hawkins County clerk of courts in 2010.
According to IRS and Social Security office records, Taylor did not turn in Cradic’s federal income tax or her Social Security withholdings for seven years, totaling more than $25,000.

Last week, the Times-News reported that the IRS had filed liens on Taylor’s Hawkins County real estate holdings totaling more than $218,000 for his unpaid federal income tax, unemployment tax and penalties dating back to 1999.
Cradic told the Times-News Monday the IRS is also now investigating Taylor for alleged failure to pay her federal withholdings. She said the W-2 forms he provided her each year indicated the money had been paid, and she completed income tax returns every year based on that allegedly falsified information.

Cradic went to work for Taylor in his Rogersville law office in December 2003.

The first clue something was wrong came several months ago when her annual Social Security report indicated payments of zero for several years. Cradic said the last time she asked Taylor about her Social Security, he replied with a two-word text message stating, “I’ll check.”

Read the expanded version of this report in today's print edition of the Times-News or its enhanced electronic edition.

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