Suzanne Land, a Cincinnati attorney, has pled to one count of tax obstruction, Section 7212(a), here, a three year felony. The DOJ Tax press release is here. I will obtain the guilty plea when available and post it.The press release describes her conduct as follows:
According to the plea agreement and statements made in court, to conceal from the IRS the deficiencies in the documents that she drafted for her wealthy clients, Land forged the posthumous signatures of both her deceased clients and their living children on amendments to the documents. Land also misled an appraiser as to the value of the estates, created fake legal invoices that reflected work she never performed, and lied to the IRS about the circumstances surrounding the creation of the amendments. According to the terms of the plea agreement, Land admitted that the "relevant and foreseeable" tax loss that could have resulted from her obstruction was approximately $1,140,636.
I felt a sense of sadness in reading these materials and preparing this blog entry. Perhaps it is because we are members of the same lawyer "tribe." Perhaps it is because she seem to have so much going for her. I can hardly imagine what would have driven her to do this.
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