Lobbyist Failed to Report Taxable Income from Illegal Marijuana Stores

Lobbyist Failed to Report Taxable Income from Illegal Marijuana Stores

A Long Beach-based lobbyist, whose clients included illegal marijuana stores in Long Beach, was sentenced today to one year and one day in federal prison for failing to report to the IRS more than $750,000 in income he received over a six-year period.

Carl A. Kemp, 43, of Long Beach, the owner of the public relations firm and a one-time candidate for the Long Beach City Council, was sentenced by United States District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez, who also ordered the defendant to pay $210,661 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service to cover his back taxes.

Kemp pleaded guilty in July to subscribing to a false tax return for the year 2012. On his federal tax return for that year, Kemp reported that he had no taxable income, when his business took in approximately $180,000.

In a plea agreement filed in court, Kemp admitted receiving a total of $754,783 in income that he failed to report on his taxes for the years 2007 through 2012.