KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new investigation was opened against a Jackson County legislator.
It comes after the 41 Action News Investigators exclusive report Wednesday night on Dennis Waits' tax problems.
Jackson County Attorney Jean Peters Baker's spokesman Mike Mansur says the investigation opened Thursday but offered no further comment.
It comes after the 41 Action News Investigators reported Waits had delinquent Missouri state withholding taxes for his law firm spelled out in a 2016 tax lien.
The main issue is that lien shows Waits owes delinquent taxes for 2012.
In 2014, he signed a form called a 5120 stating under penalty of perjury he did not owe any delinquent state taxes.
To be eligible to run for re-election, Waits could not owe delinquent taxes and had to sign that form.
As of Wednesday, the complete debt on that 2016 tax lien, which also includes delinquent taxes from 2015, had not been fully paid.
Baker had previously opened an investigation of Jackson County Executive Frank White based on a similar delinquent tax and campaign disclosure issue.
Waits has publicly supported Baker's investigation of White.
Tax records and the 5120 campaign disclosure form are both administered by the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR).
An attorney for that department says DOR will only start investigations of false reports on campaign disclosures based on complaints.
Dennis Waits has been the 3rd district representative for the Jackson County Legislature for more than three decades.
It includes 30 plus years of taking part in spending decisions with Jackson County tax dollars.
But records exclusively obtained by 41 Action News show Waits has a history of not paying his taxes on time.
An attorney by trade, Waits was last re-elected in 2014.
To be eligible for that re-election, Waits had to fill out a form called a 5120.
It says in part, "I hereby declare under penalties of perjury... that I am not currently aware of any delinquency in the filing of any state income taxes."
Waits signed the document on Feb. 25, 2014.
But an April 2016 tax lien shows Waits has failed to pay withholding taxes for employees at his law firm in both 2012 and 2015 and owed more than $3,300 at that time.
A lien is a legal claim used to make sure a debt is paid.
Nearly two years after that lien was filed in 2016, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Revenue says that debt has not been fully paid. She said additional interest on the debt has been added since 2016.
It's not public record how much Waits owes from that lien now.
The spokeswoman said multiple computer-generated notices are sent to taxpayers about owing money before a lien is placed.
The lien shows Waits owed 2012 fourth quarter taxes.
But he signed the 5120 form in 2014 stating he didn't owe any state taxes when he did.