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Former U.S. attorney pleads guilty in tax return case

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Updated: 8/30/2014 11:30 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV – A local lawyer who served as U.S. attorney for Nevada pleaded guilty today to failing to file federal individual and corporate income tax returns from 2006 to 2010.

Lawrence J. Semenza II, who was U.S. attorney for Nevada from 1975 to 1977, pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file a tax return. He also agreed to pay restitution to the IRS of approximately $290,000.

Semenza is scheduled to be sentenced before U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan on Dec. 3. The maximum penalty for each count is one year in prison and a fine of not more than $100,000.

“Regardless of one’s occupation, job title or position, everyone is responsible for filing and paying taxes on all of their income,” said Daniel G. Bogden, U.S. attorney for the District of Nevada. “It is important that American taxpayers understand and feel confident that everyone is playing by the same rules in filing and paying their taxes.”

According to the guilty plea agreement, Semenza operated his law practice in Las Vegas as a subchapter C personal service corporation. From 2006 through 2010, Semenza individually had taxable income of approximately $655,000, and the corporation had taxable income of approximately $345,000, but Semenza failed to file individual or corporate income tax returns for those years and failed to pay the tax due and owing to the IRS, totaling about $290,000.


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