San Francisco Attorney Sentenced to 1 Year in Prison for Failing to Report Income – Los Angeles Income Tax Planning & Income Tax Litigation Attorney Bruce Givner

by Bruce Givner on July 10, 2014

In February of this year we blogged about a case involving James P. Kleier, a prominent San Francisco attorney who pleaded guilty to failing to file a tax return.

On June 18, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler of the US District Court for the Northern District of California, sentenced Kleier to 12 months in prison as well as $650,993 of restitution.

Kleier’s failure to report income occurred while working at two prestigious San Francisco law firms. From 1999 to 2005, Kleier was a partner at Preston, Gates & Ellis LLP. Then, from 2005-2010, Kleier worked at Reed Smith LLP, where he represented the city of San Francisco in a property tax fight with Macy’s Department Stores Inc. Kleier also represented Microsoft Corp. in a unitary tax case.

According to the criminal information, Kleier earned $624,923 in 2008, $476,088 in 2009, $200,734 in 2010 and failed to file tax returns.

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