Reverend Al Sharpton's half-brother Kenneth Glasgow is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion, mail fraud and drug conspiracy charges on Friday.
Glasgow, a pastor and founder of two non-profits in Dothan, entered a plea deal in Montgomery federal court to avoid a trial that was set to start in March.
The 57-year-old pastor was charged with failure to report a withdrawal of over $400,000 from one of his non-profits, The Ordinary People Society, in 2018. Glasgow claimed the money was withdrawn as reimbursement for his work. However, during that period, he claimed an inability to work or drive to receive disability income from the government. He failed to report the funds as income on his tax return.
The Department of Justice was alerted to a disparity when Glasgow was issued 27 traffic citations between 2017 and 2020.
Per WTVY, Glasgow agreed to pay the IRS $376,720 in restitution for tax years 2016 through 2019 as part of the plea deal.
The embattled voting rights activist also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and to mailing falsified forms to collect Social Security disability benefits.
"Kenneth Glasgow's actions not only endangered the community, but defrauded the American taxpayers," Paul Brown, special agent in charge for the FBI, said in a statement. "His guilty plea should help to dissuade others from following this same path."
Glasgow served time for robbery and drugs two decades ago but claimed to have had a spiritual turnaround while in prison. He had an incident with the law in 2018 for being at the scene where a capital murder suspect confronted, shot and killed the woman who was driving the murder suspect's stolen car. A grand jury ultimately acquitted Glasgow of knowing in advance or being complicit when that shooting occurred.
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