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EDH man found guilty of tax evasion of nearly $450k

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From page A1 | September 30, 2013 | 44 Comments

A federal jury found an El Dorado Hills man guilty of tax evasion of nearly $450,000 Thursday.

Donald M. Wanland Jr., 53, an attorney in Sacramento, was found guilty of 28 tax-related criminal charges, “including attempting to evade personal income taxes for the tax years 2000 through 2003, failing to file tax returns for 2005 through 2007 and multiple counts of removing, depositing and concealing assets from the IRS in defiance of a levy,” a press release from U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner stated. After the verdict, Wanland was immediately remanded into the custody of U.S. Marshals.

“Tax evasion is a serious crime, and it is particularly serious when attorneys engage in it. Those who willfully evade their responsibility to pay taxes should know that they can face years in prison,” Wagner noted.

For those that cheat on their taxes, the conviction sends a clear message, said Special Agent in Charge Jose M. Martinez of the IRS Criminal Investigation branch. “Mr. Wanland concealed assets and made false statements to the IRS. Rather than paying his taxes, he paid for a weekend at a ski resort, made payments toward a Mercedes Benz and a paid for expenses related to a pool at his El Dorado Hills home. In today’s economic environment, it is more important than ever that the American people feel confident that everyone is playing by the rules and paying the taxes they owe,” he stated.

Wanland, a “financially successful” attorney, evaded taxes for years. His returns for 2000 to 2003 showed a gross income of more than $1.5 million, for which he admitted owing taxes of $448,451. He paid nothing. He concealed bank accounts he used to receive and spend income when the IRS attempted to collect the taxes, and filed no returns from 2004 to 2007. In April 2005, when the IRS placed levies on his income, he defied the levies repeatedly by funneling money into the concealed nominee accounts.

Instead of paying taxes, he spent $2,700 on a weekend at Squaw Valley Ski Resort, making payments on a Mercedes Benz and Cadillac Escalade, gambling in Las Vegas, vacations to Hawaii and Mexico, utilizing limousine services and putting in a pool at his El Dorado Hills home. He withdrew hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and made checks for hundreds of thousands of dollars from the concealed accounts.

Wanland was first indicted on Jan. 8, 2009 for evading taxes from 2000 to 2003, though records showed his tax problems stemmed from a decade earlier — he only paid part or failed to pay taxes for multiple years in the 1990s. In January 2012, a superseding indictment added charges for 2005 to 2007 and charges for defying tax levies.

The maximum penalty Wanland faces is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for tax evasion. For removing, depositing and concealing assets in defiance of an IRS levy, he faces a maximum of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Finally, the maximum statutory penalty for willful failure to file tax returns is one year in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew D. Segal and Christopher S. Hales are prosecuting the case, a product of an IRS investigation.

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 29, 2013 - 6:15 pm

    Donald M. Wanland Jr., 53, an attorney in Sacramento, was found guilty . . . "Imagine that. A criminal arrorney . . . lordy lordy

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  • Phil VeerkampSeptember 29, 2013 - 6:17 pm

    proof yer post, Felipe . . . sheesh!

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  • James E.September 29, 2013 - 7:47 pm

    An attorney who fooled with the IRS.

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  • RSeptember 30, 2013 - 9:38 am

    Jimmy / Phil . Minion Love Fest...

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  • smigma 4 uSeptember 30, 2013 - 9:42 am

    - R

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  • Edh MomsSeptember 30, 2013 - 3:40 pm

    I wonder if this attorney went to the same law school as Joseph Hoffman.....specializing in hiding money (and gold)! Sooner or later....it all catches up with you! Maybe he might also be interested in running for Superior Court Judge! The bar is not set high at the moment! LOL

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  • cookie65October 01, 2013 - 5:09 am

    Now that we have politically correct guidelines restricting observations/comments to the specified topic and not wanting to offend the delicate sensibilities of those who lurk around these threads, we can't discuss the tragedy, as portrayed by the national media, of our government shutdown. Maybe sometime near the end of the week, when this paper gets around to opening up the topic, we will get to make mention of it. In the mean time, enjoy the endless spin coming from the obama media on how everything in creation is the repubs fault.

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  • cookie65October 01, 2013 - 5:14 am

    obamacare could be the best way to educate people on what a colossal failure leftism is. http://twitchy.com/2013/10/01/surprise-obamacare-health-insurance-exchange-websites-dont-work/

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 01, 2013 - 7:37 am

    Cookie, BINGO. You've hit the nail right on the thumb! The "train wreck" is now in effect. . . . and . . . it's not working . . . because . . . well . . . how can it possibly work in a SHUTDOWN? ~~~ But it's a great day for W. We are on the off ramp of "I W" (it's Bush's fault) We've finally found a new path on . . . CRUZ CONTROL . . .

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  • EvelynOctober 01, 2013 - 7:54 am

    Forget Partisan Rhetoric … The Government Shutdown Is Caused By Bad Policy By BOTH PARTIES: HERE

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  • EvelynOctober 01, 2013 - 7:56 am

    "The Founding Fathers Tried to Warn Us About the Threat From a Two-Party System" - HERE: There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.

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  • cookie65October 01, 2013 - 8:02 am

    Phi, did you notice that the cap and trade letter disappeared? You can't even find it in the archives. Very curious.

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  • cookie65October 01, 2013 - 8:04 am

    http://www.mtdemocrat.com/sponsor/?url=http://www.mtdemocrat.com/letters/cap-and-trade/

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  • cookie65October 01, 2013 - 8:14 am

    Evelyn, don't you find it interesting how the "2" parties which are more similar than they are different are both blaming the 3rd party. Those who recognize and stand up for the enumerated powers of LIMITED government are the enemies of both parties.

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  • cookie65October 01, 2013 - 8:19 am

    34 of the 57 states are experiencing total failures in the much anticipated obamacare exchanges. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/obamacare-site-goes-live-with-some-glitches/2013/10/01/380a4300-2a9d-11e3-8ade-a1f23cda135e_print.html

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  • cookie65October 01, 2013 - 8:24 am

    What happens when the lofo obama voters call one of the call centers on their free obamaphone or log on thru their free internet and find out their free healthcare isn't free? Too bad George Carlin isn't still with us. This catastrophe is made to order for his sense of humor.

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  • EvelynOctober 01, 2013 - 8:31 am

    cookie: (1) your 8:02 am: Yes, there was a cap and trade letter. I wonder what happened to it. (2) your 8:14 am: Finding someone to blame is a poor substitute for understanding the game and is MASSIVELY destructive.

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  • cookie65October 01, 2013 - 8:48 am

    Evelyn, finding someone to blame or assigning blame is how the game is played. Power comes from dividing. The more government can divide the people the more power government can assume.

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  • James E.October 01, 2013 - 9:02 am

    OK, I know it's not manly to use a wife's computer but here I am for a while. Commence firing.

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  • James E.October 01, 2013 - 9:03 am

    New computer ordered. Should be here in a few days.

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  • James E.October 01, 2013 - 9:04 am

    Phil, it's the fault of Bush that the government has partially closed. Give me 15 minutes and I'll try to come up with a reason.

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  • James E.October 01, 2013 - 9:07 am

    Evelyn, I've started to watch the pastry film. Had no idea the French are so on top of the pastry business.

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  • cookie65October 01, 2013 - 9:09 am

    James, does your wife's computer suffer from gender confusion? It is illegal to seek counseling for it.

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  • James E.October 01, 2013 - 9:09 am

    And where is Dee#1, my secret love? Who wouldn't love an aggressive out of control person. Dee#1 try to control yourself.

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  • James E.October 01, 2013 - 9:10 am

    Cookie, as far as I can tell, my wife's computer has no idea the gender of the operator.

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  • James E.October 01, 2013 - 9:13 am

    ADDED: I do hit the keys with manly force so the computer may sense something is going on.

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  • James E.October 01, 2013 - 9:16 am

    Events in Washington DC have left me with an "I don't care" attitude.

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  • cookie65October 01, 2013 - 9:26 am

    James, do you remember the tragedy that was to befall us over sequester? In order to get anyone to notice the man-child had to implement a tantrum by shutting down Whitehouse tours. Don't be depressed James, the colossal beast known as the federal government will continue to grow and crush freedom and liberty in spite of this short interruption.

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  • James E.October 01, 2013 - 9:43 am

    Cookie, I'm going to have the Republicans 51% of the blame for the shutdown. Why you ask? Because their demands were so unreasonable that it was assured they would be rejected. Which makes one wonder their objective.

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  • James E.October 01, 2013 - 9:45 am

    *** have to give

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  • cookie65October 01, 2013 - 9:50 am

    James, I am concerned over your "I don't care" attitude. What are you missing about what a great day in history this is for the American left? Socialized healthcare is here with the implementation of obama's signature healthcare law forever guaranteeing his position in the nations history. The dems got the government shut down they were counting on to bring an end to the tea/pulicans. The leftists media has done the part by doing polls on who to blame for the government shut down without ever mentioning the Senate, The planets are all aligned for 2014 sweep for the dems. You should be ecstatic. All those people who have been denied what only Rush and Cruz have access to are now able to get bandaids and Q-tips at 35 bucks a pop.

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  • James E.October 01, 2013 - 9:54 am

    Cookie, it's not socialized medicine. It's health insurance company medicine.

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  • cookie65October 01, 2013 - 9:55 am

    James here is the exact poll question posed by a CNN/ORC poll. “If the federal government shuts down, do you think that Barack Obama or the Republicans in Congress would be more responsible for that?” Republicans in Congress, 46% … Obama, 36% … Both (volunteered), 13%

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  • James E.October 01, 2013 - 10:01 am

    Cookie, polls are at the service of those who sponsor them. I sure we will also hear from Tea/Republican polls that will say just the opposite. And, now I must go and get ready to have lunch with my brother-in-law. I have two brothers-in-law. One is a Democrat and the other is a rabid foaming at the mouth Republican. He detests Medicare and Social Security, but takes both of them? Hard to understand. Oh, yes, I'm having lunch with the Democrat. See you all later.

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  • cookie65October 01, 2013 - 10:10 am

    James, you missed my point. I couldn't care less about the "results". LOOK at the question. Does the Senate not exist? Since when is congress only made up of the House?

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  • RaulOctober 01, 2013 - 10:52 am

    A perfect candidate for County Auditor. Would fit right in.

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  • Fran DuchampOctober 01, 2013 - 11:04 am

    Raul....thanks for the laughter...lololol...you owe me a keyboard...lololol...and a cup of coffee...lolol

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 01, 2013 - 11:14 am

    James, you say that you "hit the keys with manly force". Possibly you are continuing yesterday's kerfuffle with Dee#!? - possibly?

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  • ROctober 01, 2013 - 5:26 pm

    Ooops I was wrong... Reach Around Fest...... :p

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  • James E.October 01, 2013 - 5:48 pm

    Cookie, the Senate wasn't a player because the demands of the House were outrageous -- a virtual wish list of Tea/Republicans demands. If you have a gunman with hostages in a house and he wants a car and a pass through police lines, it is possible to barter. But, if he wants a commercial airliner to land on the street outside the house, so he can take the hostages to Norway, his unreasonable demand closes down the discussion.

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  • R.J. CarterOctober 01, 2013 - 7:47 pm

    James....All those house demands you talk about and say how they unfairly shut down our government were in no way meant to stop Obamacare....Instead, all they stated was that congress, along with all of Obama's union cronies and his other political contributors were not to be deemed exempt from obamacare and they should all fall under the very same guidelines and regulations just like the rest of the nation ..That is the way the law is written.....But, they, your liberal buddies said no, they wanted their friends exempt...So, who's fault is the shutdown really????..

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  • James E.October 01, 2013 - 8:22 pm

    R.J., but that was coupled with defunding Obamacare -- which would not be acceptable to the Democrats or the president. Without question, it is a mess, that will get worse on October 17th when the choice will be defund Obamacare or destroy the faith and credit of the United States. But, here in EDC we can only watch the battle.

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  • James E.October 01, 2013 - 10:12 pm

    R.J., Cookie, our country cannot be allowed to default. It simply is not an option. If the Congress causes us to default on a certain date at midnight, the president must act at 0001 and invoke the 14th Amendment. If the Congress decides to subject the United States to economic suicide, then the president must act. For him not to act would indeed be a high crime and misdemeanor and he should be impeached. Simply, if Congress refuses to do their job by blackmail, then he must do it for them.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 01, 2013 - 10:18 pm

    THERE . . . WILL . . . BE . . . NO . . . DEFAULT

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