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No. BD-2000-037


S.J.C. Order of Term Suspension entered by Justice Spina on October 10, 2000,
with an effective date of November 9, 2000.1


On April 24, 2000, the respondent was convicted in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut of one count of income tax evasion in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7201. The respondent was placed on probation for two years and fined $10,000. The conduct involved the respondent's failure to report to the Internal Revenue Service on his tax returns filed for 1992, 1993, and 1994 rental income he received from four separate properties. The total tax loss resulting from the respondent's tax evasion was $10,289.16. The respondent's conduct violated Mass. R. Prof. C. (b) and (h).

On August 23, 2000, bar counsel and the respondent filed a stipulation in which they agreed that a one-year suspension was the appropriate level of discipline. On September 11, 2000, the board of bar overseers voted to accept the stipulation of the parties provided that the respondent be suspended for one year and one day.

No objection was filed to the board's vote. On October 10, 2000, the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County (Spina, J.) entered an order suspending the respondent from the practice of law for one year and one day, effective thirty days from the entry date of the order.

1 The complete Order of the Court is available by contacting the Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County.

2 Compiled by the Board of Bar Overseers based on the record before the Court.

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