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Michigan Attorney Convicted of Violating Various Criminal Tax Laws, Faces Prison

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    According to a Department of Justice press release, Michigan attorney Carl L. Collins, III, was convicted by a federal jury of willfully filing five false tax returns for himself and one of his businesses. This story illustrates the seriousness of a criminal tax investigation resulting from being accused of violating federal tax laws. If you have failed to file a tax return on a timely basis or have filed a return that falsified your income or deductions, you should contact an experienced tax defense attorney to determine how to get right with the government.


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    Defendant Filed False Tax Returns for Multiple Years

    As a personal injury lawyer with offices in Southfield, Michigan, Collins also owned a real estate company, First Third LLC, and two medical-related companies, MedCity Rehabilitation Services LLC and Alpha Living LLC. At trial, evidence proved that Collins did not report substantial income he received from these businesses and deposited into undisclosed Interest on Lawyer’s Trust Accounts (IOLTA), bank accounts to be used by lawyers solely to hold money in trust for clients. As a result, Collins was able to conceal these funds from his tax preparers and the IRS.

    In total, Collins was convicted of filing false personal tax returns for 2012, 2015, and 2018, filing a false 2012 amended return, and filing a false 2015 corporate return for Alpha Living. The evidence established that Collins did not report approximately $600,000 in income he earned in 2012, over $800,000 in income in 2015 and $300,000 in income in 2018. Collins is scheduled to be sentenced on March 21, 2023 and faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison for each count of filing a false tax return. He also faces a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties. Tax Evasion is an act or moral perpetuate and disbarment is also a likely outcome of this case especially considering his misuse of his retainer account.

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