Law Prof Charged with Tax Evasion, Claims Severe ADD, Prosecutors Say
Posted Sep 10, 2009 7:42 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
An associate law professor at Hamline University who apparently practiced tax law while in private practice has been accused of tax evasion.
Prosecutors claim law professor Robin Magee, an expert in criminal law, didn’t file her state tax returns for 2004 through 2006 until this year, never filed for 2007, and underpaid her taxes by $5,000 over the period, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Magee allegedly told investigators she wasn’t able to complete her tax returns on time because she has extreme attention deficit disorder, according to the Pioneer Press story. Investigators also claim Magee told them she isn’t familiar with tax law; however, her online biography says she practiced tax law while in private practice.
Magee will continue to teach at the law school this fall, law school spokeswoman Cynthia Bielke told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Magee was charged with 11 felony counts, including failure to file a tax return, filing a false or fraudulent return, and failure to pay taxes, the newspapers report.
The complaint alleges Magee failed to report interest, dividends and capital gains, and claimed unsubstantiated business expenses, according to the Pioneer Press. The complaint also claims Magee claimed eight exemptions, even though she is single and has no dependents.
Magee has spoken out against police brutality and writes in her bio that “the highest calling of the lawyer is the call to fight against tryanny and government-sponsored or tolerated oppression.” Her salary for the years in question ranged from nearly $87,000 to more than $112,000, according to the complaint.