A Florida CPA who pled guilty to a tax misdemeanor for assisting his client, a self-proclaimed priest, in hiding income from the IRS, has had his suspension from practice extended after the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility won an appeal challenging the original length and date of suspension.
According to the published decision on appeal, Lawrence Legel, a Ft. Lauderdale practitioner who was represented by counsel, voluntarily waived his right to a trial in Federal District Court and pled guilty to a violation of section 7203 in August 2008. When the IRS OPR began an expedited proceeding to indefinitely suspend him, Legel recanted his admission of guilt, alleging prosecutorial misconduct and coercion by his criminal defense attorney.
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