|Eric White, left, Lee J. Belding, right|
By Brandon Hall
(Email Him At WestMIPolitics@Gmail.com)
Eric White, a prominent attorney in the Jackson area, cheated the IRS out of $1 million, bankruptcy documents reveal.
Lee J. Belding discovered White was the subject of an IRS investigation, Internal Revenue Service V. Eric White, while analyzing White's bankruptcy filing.
Belding is a 2016 Northwest graduate currently attending Michigan State University. He recently won a lawsuit against Northwest Schools over a controversial bus video the district attempted to cover up.
White's bankruptcy, which was finalized late last year, was recently the subject of a debate from the Leoni Township Board. They fired White during a meeting on New Year's Eve.
In addition to owing the IRS, the filing reveals White, as well as his wife, Northwest School Board President Shawn White, owe nearly half a million dollars to other entities.
Belding believes it's important for the White family to be held accountable.
"It's easy to repeatedly beg the public for tax increases when you don't bother paying your own," Belding said in a statement Monday evening, referencing recent Northwest Schools tax hikes supported by the White family. "What happened isn't a missed bill or two, or a misunderstanding, this is a million dollar scheme that has been going on for years. It's shameful."
Belding is considering filing a complaint against White with the Attorney Grievance Commission over the controversy.
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.