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Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Attorney Pleads Guilty to Willfully Failing to File Tax Returns

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California

            LOS ANGELES – A Santa Barbara-based criminal defense attorney has pled guilty to three counts of willfully failing to file tax returns and has also admitted, in his plea agreement, to willfully failing to pay his taxes for those three years as well as several additional years, costing the IRS $679,958.

            Darryl W. Genis, 60, pleaded guilty this morning to willfully failing to file tax returns for his law practice for the years 2009, 2010, and 2011, federal misdemeanors.

            Genis admitted that he made enough money in his law practice to require that he file tax returns in those years, but that he knowingly and intentionally chose to not file his tax returns despite his legal obligation to do so. Genis also admitted that he did not pay the full amount of taxes that he owed for the years 2005-2012.

            “As an attorney this defendant had a heightened responsibility to follow the law, and instead he cheated the IRS and every law-abiding taxpayer in the country,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “Today’s guilty pleas will deprive the defendant of the fruits of his crimes and send a message that everyone must pay their taxes.”

            As part of his plea agreement, Genis agreed to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $679,958, representing unpaid taxes for the years 2005 through 2012. Genis also has agreed to the IRS’s assessment of the civil penalties applicable to all 8 tax years in issue. 

            “This case is a reminder that no one is above the law,” stated Acting Special Agent in Charge Anthony J. Orlando with IRS Criminal Investigation. “Each of us is responsible for filing a tax return when required and for paying the correct amount of tax due.  Mr. Genis chose to ignore his duty to file and pay taxes and will now face severe consequences, which may include imprisonment and substantial fines.”

            Genis’ sentencing is scheduled for February 13, 2017, at which time he will face a statutory maximum sentence of three years of imprisonment.

            The investigation of Genis was conducted by IRS Criminal Investigation in Camarillo, and the prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Valerie Makarewicz and Benjamin Tompkins of the Tax Division.

Updated October 25, 2016

Press Release Number: 16-261