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Bail Set in Swiss Bank Case Against Ex-Lawyer Once Dubbed ‘Most Obnoxious’

Posted May 3, 2010 8:22 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A New Yorker once dubbed the state's “most obnoxious lawyer” is facing charges that he tried to evade federal income taxes by hiding $26.4 million in a Swiss bank account.

The one-time maritime lawyer, Kenneth Heller, was disbarred in 2004 for screaming at, threatening and disparaging judges and adversaries. He was one of seven former clients of UBS AG charged in April with collectively hiding more than $100 million by using sham companies to hide the true owner, according to the New York Daily News and a press release.

Heller is accused of evading more than $2.3 million in federal income taxes by concealing income earned through his UBS account. On Friday, a federal magistrate set bail for Heller at $500,000, according to Dow Jones Newswires (sub. req.). He has been held since his arrest April 15.

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