White-Collar Crime

Former Miller Canfield Partner Gets 5 Years in Tax-Shelter Case

A former partner of Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone was sentenced to five years in federal prison today after pleading guilty in April 2008 to one count of conspiring to defraud the United States.

According to court statements and public documents in the Western District of Michigan case, attorney John “Jac” Campbell admitted that from at least 1999 to 2006 he worked with four principals and associates of an insurance company in the U.S. Virgin Islands to sell fraudulent tax shelters, reports PR Newswire.

One of the four pleaded guilty to conspiracy earlier this year, and the other three were convicted of conspiracy last month after a four-week jury trial.

Campbell, who was working at the law firm at least as recently as late 2006, is a former resident director of Miller Canfield’s office in Kalamazoo, Mich. He is in his mid-60s.

Additional coverage:

ABAJournal.com (2008): “Former Miller Canfield Partner Indicted in Tax Shelter Case”

Kalamazoo Gazette: “Local men’s associates trying to promote a fraudulent tax shelter convicted fraud”

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