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Monday, December 15, 2014

Northern California Attorney Sentenced For Attempted Tax Evasion

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Orion Douglas Memmott, 75, formerly of Willows, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to 18 months in prison for attempted tax evasion and subscribing to a false tax document, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to testimony presented at trial, Memmott, a Stanford Law School graduate and tax attorney, stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from investors and law firm clients to spend on his own expenses, including failed day trading, travel, and personal trainers. Some of this money was removed from a client’s medical trust, leaving her destitute and homeless. Memmott concealed the embezzled money through the use of nominee accounts and false statements to investors, clients, and the IRS. Memmott also concealed his real estate holdings and rental income from IRS collection agents who were seeking to collect more than $650,000 in unpaid taxes for tax years 1993-1999.

“For years, Mr. Memmott acted as if his law license placed him beyond the reach of the law,” said U.S. Attorney Wagner. “Today, in sentencing Mr. Memmott to prison, the Court made clear that attorneys who commit crimes should not expect special treatment.”

“Mr. Memmott misused his position and defrauded friends, clients and the government out of hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said IRS-Criminal Investigation Acting Special Agent in Charge Thomas McMahon. “Attorneys are trusted with the confidence of others and are expected to uphold the law and pursue justice with integrity. Those who intentionally cheat by not paying their taxes should know that they will not go undetected and will be held accountable.”

This case was the product of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael D. Anderson and Kevin Khasigian prosecuted the case.

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Docket #: 2:08-cr-402 KJM
Updated April 8, 2015