Criminal Justice

Attorney who said he was tax law specialist understates own income on return, gets 20 months

A Hawaii personal injury attorney who advertised his tax law expertise has been sentenced to 20 months in federal prison for understating his income on his own 2006 return.

Andrew Agard was sentenced Tuesday in Honolulu, after pleading guilty in a tax fraud case. He earned about $630,000 in 2006, but told the feds his gross income was a little under $300,000, according to the Associated Press and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He must also pay restitution of about $61,000 and perform 100 hours of community service.

Prosecutor Leslie Osborne Jr. said Agard had been advertising himself as a tax law specialist.

A Hawaii Reporter article published last year provides additional details.

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