|| 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. By Order dated February 8, 2002, Respondent received a three-year suspension retroactive to 3/13/00.
Following a reinstatement hearing, after which Office of Disciplinary Counsel opposed Respondent’s reinstatement because Petitioner had not met his burden of proof, the Hearing Committee Report and Recommendation recommended that reinstatement be granted with conditions.
Office of Disciplinary Counsel filed a Brief on Exceptions to conditions on a reinstatement. The D.Bd. recommended reinstatement with no mention of conditions.
By Order dated 11/17/04, the Supreme Court granted reinstatement and directed Office of Disciplinary Counsel to consider any future non-payment of tax liability as a ground for discipline.