State Rep. Girod Jackson Resigns

Louisiana State Representative Girod Jackson, from Harvey, announced his resignation Thursday afternoon after being charged with tax evasion.

The Harvey-area representative is accused of falsifying tax returns.

He issued a statement saying:

“For the last five and a half years, I have proudly represented the people of the 87th District of the Louisiana House of Representatives. During my time in office, I have worked to be a symbol of honor and pride for myself and the constituents of the 87th District. And while I aim to live my life with dignity and respect, I am not without fault. Several years ago, there were filing errors on my business tax returns and delayed initial filings arising from accounting errors and oversight. Today, I have accepted the consequences of those mistakes.
“As a part of accepting these consequences, regretfully, I have submitted my letter of resignation to the Secretary of State and The Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives. It was a hard decision to make, but I am fully focused on moving forward and doing what is right for my family and the people of District 87. I hope in time, I will not be defined solely by my personal mistakes.
“Today, I acknowledge and accept my errors. My hope is to come out of this ordeal a stronger and wiser man. I humbly apologize to my family, my colleagues, my former constituents and the general public. I know that I have disappointed many people and I will spend the rest of my life working to regain your trust.”

Jackson could face several years in prison and more than $200,000 in fines.