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Aide to state Sen. Jim Norman accused of not filing tax returns for five years



The chief of staff for state Sen. Jim Norman was indicted Wednesday on charges that he failed to file federal income tax returns for five years.

Benjamin Kelly, 56, is accused of not filing tax returns between 2006 and 2010, according to an indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Tampa. Kelly was paid $76,738 to $108,037 a year during that time, court records show, a period that covers his work as an aide to Norman while he was a Hillsborough County Commissioner.

Kelly began working as Norman's county commission aide in 1996, earning $24,960 year. He left the county in November 2010 to join Norman, R-Tampa, in Tallahassee. Keep reading.

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