Thursday, April 30, 2009

Permanent Disbarment For Tax Crimes

The Ohio Supreme Court web page reports:

The Supreme Court of Ohio today permanently [a] disbarred Dayton attorney... for multiple violations of state attorney discipline rules arising from her failure to file returns or pay federal, state or municipal income taxes from 1979 through 2001, and failure to withhold taxes or make Social Security contributions for employees of her law firm for approximately the same period.

The Court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that [the attorney], whose law license has been under an interim suspension since the Court was notified of her 2007 conviction on a felony tax evasion charge, engaged in conduct involving fraud, deceit, dishonesty or misrepresentation and in conduct that reflects adversely on an attorney’s fitness to practice law.

The Court held that [the attorney's] willful failure to pay her own taxes and failure to withhold taxes and make FICA contributions on behalf of her employees for more than 20 years “breached duties owed to the public and the legal profession,” and said the extended time period involved and gravity of her misconduct outweighed mitigation evidence presented by [the attorney] and called for permanent revocation of her law license.

The court's decision is linked here. (Mike Frisch)

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