Posted Apr 20, 2012 06:11 pm CDT
After a five-week trial and two days of deliberation, a federal jury in Columbus has found an Ohio attorney and his mother guilty of lying to a grand jury in a law office tax case launched by his now ex-wife during a bitter divorce.
Aristotle R. Matsa, 55, also was convicted of filing fraudulent income tax returns, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
He and his mother, Loula Z. Matsa, will be sentenced at a later date.
Internal Revenue Service agents determined that he paid only $107 in federal income tax between 1993 and 2002, even though he had both a law firm and an architecture firm, the newspaper reports.
Additional and related coverage:
ABAJournal.com: “Attorney Witness in Obstruction Case Testifies He Pretended Friend’s Law Firm Was His Own”
Columbus Dispatch: “Lawyer charged with tax fraud is devoted father, volunteer, daughter testifies”
Columbus Dispatch: “Tax defendant denies fraud in court”