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October 21, 2014

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Tax evasion sends Las Vegas attorney to federal prison

A Las Vegas attorney was sentenced Thursday to 41 months in federal prison for hiding money from the IRS, evading income taxes and filing a false tax return.

Daniel G. Bogden, U.S. attorney for the District of Nevada, said Paul Wommer, 60, was found guilty in April after a bench trial.

Wommer also was sentenced to three years of supervised release, ordered to pay a $7,500 fine and forfeit any proceeds of his crimes.

Federal Judge Gloria M. Navarro also found Wommer’s testimony was not credible and increased his prison sentence for obstruction of justice.

According to the prosecutors, between June 30 and July 15, 2010, Wommer made or assisted in 15 structured deposits totaling $138,700 for the purpose of evading bank reporting requirements. These deposits were made as part of a pattern of illegal activity involving more than $100,000 during a 12-month time period.

During that same period, Wommer attempted to evade $13,020 in federal income taxes by concealing and attempting to conceal his assets, by making false statements to the IRS, and by placing funds and property in the names of nominees.

“Mr. Wommer is the second attorney in the last three months in Nevada to be convicted and sentenced to prison for trying to hide money from the IRS,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “If you do not pay taxes on your income and conceal the income from the IRS, the penalties are severe when you are caught.”

Wommer was a former federal and local prosecutor before entering private practice in the 1980s. He was a prosecutor with the Nevada attorney general before his indictment in 2010.

Wommer is to report to federal prison by Nov. 20.

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