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Jonathan Lee: I Owe No Unpaid Taxes

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      Disturbing information, that's the subject line in one of two emails News Channel 12 received accusing Jackson mayoral candidate Jonathan Lee of failing to pay 2012 property taxes for Mississippi Products incorporated, the company Lee is said to be president of.   

      We visited the business on Valley Street to get you answers.  

      Lee's mother, Ruby Lee, tells us he resigned as president in 2011 in order to begin his run for mayor.     

      According to Lee's campaign, a document on the secretary of state's website with his signature, proves Lee resigned as company president is 2011.

      Ruby Lee tells us she's now running the company and that her son is not responsible for the unpaid taxes. According to the Hinds county tax collector's office, the tax bill runs more than $6,300.00.  

      Lee wouldn't speak with us on camera, but he did say by cell phone he believes Mayor Harvey Johnson's campaign is behind emails accusing him of not paying the taxes.

      When we questioned the mayor, he said "I'm not behind the emails, no one on my campaign staff is behind the email. We've been sending out information, but our information is on our record."

      Mayor Johnson says it's up to voters to scrutinize all the candidates who want to run the city.

      "The question is how damaging is this information, is this information important to voters as they make the decision over the next week or so," the mayor said.

      Lee assured News Channel 12 those back taxes will be paid today.

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