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Charleston lawyer pleads guilty to tax evasion

December 17, 2013
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Charleston lawyer convicted of tax evasion will pay more than $1 million in restitution.

The restitution includes about $102,000 in income taxes that Harold Albertson owes the Internal Revenue Service. Albertson also agreed to make restitution to former clients as part of a plea deal.

The Charleston Gazette ( ) reports that Albertson pleaded guilty to tax evasion on Monday in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

Sentencing is set for March 24. Albertson faces up to five years in prison.

Albertson was charged in a federal information. According to the information, he kept his client's funds and his personal funds in one bank account. He paid personal expenses from the account and didn't keep any records.

Albertson also faces ethics charges filed by the State Bar's Office of Disciplinary Counsel.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette,



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