Legal Ethics

Calif. AG Says 'Tax Lady' Attorney Should Be Jailed for Shredding Documents, Failing to Repay $435K

Updated: The state attorney general is calling for a California attorney known as the “tax lady” to be jailed for contempt of court, contending that Roni Deutch shredded as many as 2.7 million documents and failed to pay clients refunds totaling $435,000 in violation of a court order in a civil suit.

In a filing, AG Kamala Harris asked a Sacramento County Superior Court judge to jail Deutch and fine her for contempt. She also called Deutch, whose law firm reportedly grossed $25 million last year, a “predator for profit” in a written statement, according to KION and the Sacramento Bee.

Additionally, KION says, Harris is asking the judge to freeze Deutch’s personal assets and appoint a receiver to oversee her law firm. (This has now occurred, as a subsequent post details.)

The articles don’t include any comment from Deutch.

Earlier coverage: “Calif. AG Sues ‘Tax Lady’ for $34M, Says Misleading Ads Promoted ‘Heartless’ Law Firm Scheme”

Updated on April 21 to link to subsequent post about asset freeze and appointment of receiver.

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