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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Glen Burnie Attorney Sentenced to Prison for Filing Fraudulent Tax Returns

Failed to Report More Than $1 Million Received from his Law Practice

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. sentenced Maryland attorney Don F. Lindner, age 61, of Severna Park, Maryland, today to a year and a day in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, for filing a false tax return.  Judge Quarles also entered an order requiring Lindner to pay restitution of $341,730 to the IRS for the tax years 2007 to 2011, which is the total amount of taxes he owed as a result of falsely reporting gross receipts and rental expenses.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Kelly of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C. Field Office.

According to his plea, Lindner practiced law in Glen Burnie, Maryland, and treated his law practice as a sole proprietorship. For his tax returns for 2007 and 2011, Lindner omitted $1,230,614 of gross receipts from his law practice.  Lindner also maintained a rental property.  Lindner falsely reported on his tax returns that he paid over $82,700 in repairs on the rental property during the same tax years, when in fact no repairs were done, thereby fraudulently decreasing his purported taxable income.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the IRS-Criminal Investigation for its work in the investigation and thanked Assistant United States Attorney David I. Sharfstein, who prosecuted the case.

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Updated February 4, 2016