Friday, June 27, 2014
Paul Daugerdas, a former partner at the defunct law firm Jenkens & Gilchrist, has been sentenced to fifteen years in prison in what prosecutors are calling the largest criminal tax fraud in U.S. history.
Daugerdas, who once ran the law firm’s Chicago office, was found guilty by a New York federal jury on charges including conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud. It is alleged that Daugerdas obtained $95 million dollars from a scheme which involved fraudulent tax deductions or benefits exceeding $7 billion and $1.63 billion lost in U.S. tax revenue. Prosecutors say Daugerdas devised and supervised the promotion of fraudulent tax shelters over almost two decades.
U.S. district judge William Pauley ordered Daugerdas to forfeit $164.7 million and pay $371 million in restitution jointly with other co-conspirators. The judge described him as being at “the apex of tax shelter racketeers.”
See Reuters, Former Law Firm Partner Gets 15 Years Prison for Record US Tax Fraud Scheme, The Guardian, June 25, 2014.