White-Collar Crime

Federal Jury Convicts Attorney and His Mom of Lying in Law Office Tax Case Launched By His Ex-Wife

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”

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