||Respondent pled guilty in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to three counts of attempt to evade or defeat tax in violation of 26U.S.C. §7201. Respondent had diverted legal fee income by cashing settlement checks totaling $575,569, but failing to report that income on his scheduled income tax returns.
By order dated March 13, 2000, Respondent was placed on Temporary Suspension.
Respondent accomplished his tax evasion scheme by maintaining a private escrow account, receiving client’s settlement checks, cashing them at a check cashing agency, and then depositing the proceeds from the checks into the private escrow account.
Respondent presented the testimony of Dr. Limoges, his treating physician, who testified to Respondent’s drug and alcohol addiction. As a result of the Hearing Committee finding Braun mitigation, Respondent received a three-year suspension.