Ronier Scott expected to rejoin Gary City Council
By Carole Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org/302-0949 August 1, 2014 6:52PM
Updated: September 4, 2014 6:50AM
GARY — City Councilman Ronier Scott, who is expected to be released Monday from a federal prison in Terre Haute, could be back on the city payroll by Tuesday.
Scott, D-6th, went to prison May 6 following his guilty plea in February to two counts of income tax evasion. He received a sentence of three months in prison and 400 hours of community service.
Scott, 42, admitted 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.
On May 12, his fellow Democratic council members voted 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.
Scott could be released in time to attend the 6 p.m. council meeting Tuesday.
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 $27,571 last year, saying he was the sole breadwinner for his family.