Idaho State Tax Commission

Tax Commission News Release

Former bailiff sentenced for income tax evasion

BOISE, IDAHO — July 9, 2020 — A Lewiston man and former Nez Perce County bailiff got three years of supervised probation and 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty in June to one count of state income tax evasion.

John Mainini Jr. recently was sentenced in Latah County’s Second District Court for inflating the income tax withholding reported on the W-2s he e-filed with his state tax returns for 2012-2014 and 2016. That resulted in refunds he wasn’t entitled to receive.   

“Taxpayers should know that the Idaho State Tax Commission compares W-2s issued by employers to the W-2s their employees file,” Tax Commission Chairman Tom Harris said. “People who cheat do get caught and are prosecuted for their actions.”

In addition to probation and community service, Mainini must pay $4,721 in restitution to the Tax Commission, file a truthful 2015 Idaho income tax return, and file timely, truthful returns during his probation.

The Tax Commission discovers tax fraud from routinely analyzing tax returns and conducting tax audits, as well as through tips from law enforcement, other state agencies, and the public.  

To report tax fraud, email the Tax Commission at or complete the online fraud referral form at You can choose to remain anonymous.  


Posted 07-09-2020
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