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November 13, 2018

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Complaint filed against freshman state assemblyman for failure to disclose lien

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Assemblyman Jim Wheeler

A complaint has been filed with the Secretary of State’s Office against freshman Nevada Assemblyman Jim Wheeler for failing to disclose a $6,168 tax lien on his financial disclosure form.

Kelly Kite, a former Assembly member who was defeated by Wheeler in the 2012 election, brought the complaint, saying, “Wheeler appears to be hopping from state to state one step ahead of bill collectors.”

Wheeler called Kite a “sore loser” who brought an unfounded previous complaint that Wheeler did not live in his Assembly district that includes Douglas, Storey and part of Lyon counties.

Kite says Wheeler failed to disclose a Michigan tax lien filed because employees withheld tax money that was not paid to the state. Wheeler contends that he never had a business or any employees in Michigan; he said his former business was in California and that he sold high-performance motor parts at wholesale, which is not subject to the sales tax.

Candidates file their financial disclosure statements with the Secretary of State’s Office.

Kite also filed the complaint with the Assembly Ethics Committee.

Both Kite and Wheeler are Republicans.

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