White-Collar Crime

Lawyer Expected to Take Plea in $760K Income-Tax Evasion Case

A Michigan lawyer is expected to take a plea in a federal income tax evasion case.

David Black, who heads the Black, Black and Black law offices in Port Huron, is expected to plead guilty at his arraignment next month, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Detroit tells the Times Herald.

He is accused of failing to report over $760,000 of income in 2004, claiming only about $320,000 in gross income during a year in which he made over $1 million and thus avoiding some $270,000 in tax, according to court documents.

If convicted, he could get as much as five years and a $250,000 fine.

The article doesn’t include any comment from Black or his lawyer. However, an earlier Times Herald article says Black declined to comment when he was charged in the case.

His home and law office were raided by the Internal Revenue Service in November 2006, which seized computer equipment and financial and tax records, apparently for the period between 2001 and 2005.

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