December 5, 2017

E. Hartford lawyer gets jail time for tax evasion

A federal judge has sentenced an East Hartford attorney to two years in prison for tax evasion, for which the Internal Revenue Service is owed $1.5 million in back taxes.

U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill also sentenced Donald J. McCarthy, 67, to three years of supervised release following his incarceration.

According to court documents and statements made in the U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, McCarthy failed to pay outstanding income taxes or penalties for tax years 1997 through 1999, 2001, 2003, and 2008 through 2011.

By June 2015, when he learned of the criminal investigation being conducted by the IRS, McCarthy owed $1,437,037 in back taxes, interest and penalties. His restitution to the IRS now totals $1,522,734.

McCarthy pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion on Sept. 11, was released, and is scheduled to report to prison on Jan. 31.

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