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Guilty plea in tax evasion case lands doctor in home confinement

There may be times when Boston residents make mistakes. This can be especially true when it comes to the complexities of tax law and alleged tax evasion issues. One Massachusetts pediatrician may know first-hand how serious these types of charges can be, as he was recently sentenced in federal court for several counts of tax evasion and failing to file tax returns.

On Nov. 29, a U.S. District Judge sentenced the doctor to nine months of home confinement with electronic bracelet monitoring. The man was also fined $20,000. The nine months of home confinement will be part of a five-year period of supervised release, during which time the doctor is required to cooperate with the Internal Revenue Service in paying his outstanding tax obligation.

Back in August, the man pled guilty to multiple counts of tax evasion, failure to file returns, and obstructing and impeding the IRS. The allegations came during the time the doctor and his wife ran the Sandwich Pediatrics center. Between 2003 and 2008, the doctor allegedly made an income in excess of $690,000, but he apparently had not filed a federal income tax return from 2001 onward. He also is said to have tried to hide his income by establishing a fake bank account in the name of one of his adult children. The tax due and owing for 2003 through 2008, without interest and penalties, is over $212,000.

In Massachusetts and elsewhere, being charged with tax evasion is certainly not the same as being convicted of the charge. The pediatrician in this case may very well have opted for the best deal he could get from the IRS in terms of his admission of guilt. While his home confinement may be cumbersome and troublesome, no-one will argue that such a penalty is far better than spending hard time in federal prison.

Source: wickedlocal.com, "Sandwich pediatrician sentenced for tax evasion," Nov. 29, 2011

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