White-Collar Crime

Prominent Lawyer Gets 8 Months as Her Attorney Husband Urges Court to Blame Him in Tax Case

A third-generation lawyer in a prominent Michigan legal family was sentenced to eight months yesterday in a federal tax case.

Nancy Dilley, who pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor of failing to file a 2007 tax return, must also serve a year of supervised release after she completes her prison term and pay restitution of nearly $87,000, reports the Grand Rapids Press.

Her husband, attorney Charles Rominger Jr., will be sentenced next month for tax evasion and could get up to five years. He had urged U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney to blame him, not his wife, in the Kalamazoo case and spare her from prison for the sake of their son.

An earlier Grand Rapids Press article provides additional details.

It says the couple claimed to have lost $1 million in a Ponzi scheme, but, unlike a number of other victims, remain the owners of an upscale home.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Borgula says the two haven’t paid any federal income tax for a decade and did not file income-tax returns from 2001 to 2007.

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