Lawyer who had firm pay his personal expenses in lieu of a paycheck pleads guilty to tax evasion
A Kansas lawyer accused of putting his law firm in another attorney’s name and having it pay his personal expenses instead of issuing him a paycheck pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of tax evasion.
Accused of avoiding IRS efforts to collect income tax and evade a trust fund recovery penalty between 1998 and 2008, attorney Eldon Boisseau, 67, now owes $1 million in taxes and interest, the feds say. He could get as much as five years and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced in September, the Wichita Eagle reports.
Court records say personal expenses paid directly by the law firm for Boisseau included not only rent, utilities, groceries, insurance and payments for two cars, but travel to London and South America, scuba equipment and 2009 Super Bowl tickets, the newspaper reports.
A press release by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Kansas provides additional details.