GREENSBORO, NC (WBTV) - State Senator Fletcher Hartsell (R-Cabarrus), the state's longest serving senator, was indicted for a second time by a federal grand jury Tuesday.
Hartsell already faces 14 federal counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. He appeared before a federal judge in early October in shackles and handcuffs to enter a plea of not guilty.
The new indictment handed down Tuesday alleges Hartsell filed fraudulent income tax returns by either claiming deductions that he should not have or failing to report income.
A table included in the indictment claims Hartsell claimed fraudulent deductions ranging between $890 and $9,491 and failed to report earned income between $15,214 and $83,947.
The date of the fraudulent tax returns spans from 2010 through 2014.
An attorney for Hartsell, Rick Glaser, declined to comment on the new indictment late Wednesday afternoon, saying he had not seen the charges.
Hartsell has previously declined to make any public statement about the federal charges he faces.