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Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Raymone Bain, publicist for Michael Jackson, avoids jail time in tax case


Raymone Bain in 2005. (Justin Sullivan/Associated Press)

Michael Jackson’s former publicist and manager avoided jail time but got hit with a hefty bill in her sentencing Tuesday on federal tax charges in Washington. Raymone Bain — the D.C. PR operative who has also repped Marion Barry, Serena Williams and Babyfacepleaded guilty in June to failing to file federal and local tax returns during the time she worked for the late pop star. She faced up to 18 months behind bars. But U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Kay let her off with five years probation, and an order to pay the government more than $200,000 in restitution. In an email, Bain told us she has never “engaged in anything criminal in my entire life, and Judge Kay, thank God, recognized this. I am proud and honored to be an American, have always filed my taxes, but made a mistake this time. . . It will never happen again.”

Read earlier: D.C. celebrity-publicist Raymone Bain in trouble for unpaid taxes, 6/21/11

Raymone Bain Attends Jackson Funeral, 7/10/09

Raymone Bain Sues Michael Jackson for $44 Million, 5/6/09

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