Q: Whatever happened to Olivia McCormick, who was arrested on drug charges and tax fraud? It was a federal case in 2005.
A: Olivia K. McCormick pleaded guilty to tax fraud after it was found that she had declared her boyfriend as a dependent on her tax returns while he was serving time in federal prison.
According to a 2008 U.S. Attorney’s Office news release, McCormick was originally arrested in May 2006 after her boyfriend, Michael Slaton, also known as Michael Todd, fled from Sacramento police officers who had arrived at McCormick’s residence to execute a search warrant. After leading police on a high-speed vehicle chase, Slaton crashed his car and eventually ran from police, dropping large quantities of crack cocaine as he ran. Officers found more crack cocaine in McCormick’s house.
Slaton was sentenced in February 2008 to 18 years in prison.
At the time of his arrest, Slaton had been out of prison for a short time. He had been arrested in 1993 and sentenced to 14 years in federal prison. After Slaton’s arrest in May 2006, it was learned that while Slaton was in prison serving the 14-year sentence, McCormick had been declaring him on tax returns from 2001 to 2003 as a dependent to reduce her taxes. She falsely identified Slaton as her nephew instead of her boyfriend. During that time, authorities said, McCormick was not providing any support for Slaton. Instead, Slaton’s shelter, clothing, food, medical care and other support were being provided by the United States Bureau of Prisons.
The Sacramento Bee reported that McCormick was sentenced in July 2008 to five years’ probation, including 100 hours of community service, and was ordered to make restitution of $6,552 to the Internal Revenue Service.