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Bethany Attorney Pleads Guilty to Federal Tax Charges

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

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Kristina O’Connell, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation in New England, today announced that WILLIAM S. PALMIERI, 56, of Bethany, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to two counts of willful failure to pay income taxes.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Palmieri is an attorney with a practice specializing in civil rights law.  Between 2006 and 2014, Palmieri reported to the Internal Revenue Service, but did not pay, all the income taxes he owed, even though he had the ability to make substantially greater tax payments during that time.

As of December 2017, Palmieri owed $227,709 in taxes, interest and penalties.

Judge Underhill scheduled sentencing for March 12, 2020, at which time Palmieri faces a maximum term of imprisonment of two years, a fine, and restitution to the IRS.

Palmieri is released on bond pending sentencing.

This matter has been investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher W. Schmeisser.

Updated December 20, 2019