Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 73289
Attorney Name Klein , Michael S.
DBP Docket No. 105 DB 2009
Supreme Court Docket No. 1508 DD No. 3
County Bucks
Disciplinary Counsel Harold E. Ciampoli, Jr.
Counsel for Respondent Michael Brian Hayes
Decision Date 2010-06-23
Effective Date 2009-08-27
Case Digest Respondent entered a guilty plea in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to one count of income tax evasion in violation of 18 U.S.C. 7201 and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371. The charges against Respondent arose from his employment with attorney Bernard Bagdis, and his participation in a conspiracy with Bagdis to conceal Respondent's income from the IRS. From 1995 through 2003, Bagdis paid Respondent a total of over $363,000. Respondent did not file any federal tax returns during those years and paid no federal taxes, resulting in an approximate federal income tax due and owing of $74,446. On May 28, 2009, Respondent was sentenced to probation for a term of five years. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, by Order dated June 23, 2010, granted the Joint Petition in Support of Discipline and suspended Respondent for a period of eighteen months.
Rule Violation(s) RPC 8.4(b); Former Pa.R.D.E. 203(b) (1)
Discipline Imposed Suspension for eighteen months (reciprocal)
Points of Law Respondent's substantial cooperation with the Government from the outset in a multi-million dollar, multi-year tax fraud investigation was a significant mitigating factor.
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