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January 30, 2007

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ATTORNEY CHARGED WITH $2 MILLION TAX EVASION

Boston, MA... A Boston attorney was charged today in federal court with attempting to evade over $2 million in income taxes.

United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan and Douglas A. Bricker, Special Agent In Charge of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, announced today that ROBERT D. EPSTEIN, age 60, of Newton, was charged in a criminal information with tax evasion.

The criminal information alleges that EPSTEIN, an attorney at the Boston law firm of McCormack & Epstein, failed to report over $5.9 million in income over the years 2000 to 2003 and attempted to evade over $2.2 million in income taxes. According to the information the unreported income were funds taken from the law firm. There is no allegation that any client funds were taken.

If convicted, EPSTEIN faces up to 5 years in prison, to be followed by 2 years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter A. Mullin in Sullivan’s Economic Crimes Unit.

The details contained in the information are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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