July 5, 2011
Tax Crime Suspension
The New York Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department has imposed a three year suspension, effective on the date of a previously-imposed interim suspension, of an attorney convicted a serious crime.
The court described the considerations relevant to sanction:
Notwithstanding the respondent's remorse, his unblemished record with a reputation for honesty and trustworthiness in the community, his cooperation with the Grievance Committee's investigation, and the fact that his conduct did not prejudice any clients or invade any escrow funds, the respondent committed serious professional misconduct inasmuch as he claimed business expenses on his personal tax returns, which were improper, and thereafter created false documentation in an attempt to conceal his improprieties.
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