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Former tax attorney pleads guilty to tax evasion

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Posted at 10:44 AM, Apr 05, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A former attorney who prepared tax returns for Indianapolis-area clients pleaded guilty to tax evasion Thursday.

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Josh J. Minkler announced Scott C. Cole, Brownsburg, pleaded guilty for his scheme to evade paying taxes and penalties on the $1.5 million in income he failed to report on his 2002 tax return.

From 2011 to 2017, Cole used a number of steps to avoid paying the Internal Revenue Service more than $1 million. He resigned from the Indiana bar in 2014 following a complaint by the Supreme Court of Indiana Disciplinary Commission, which charged him with filing fraudulent tax returns with the IRS and Indiana in 2001 and 2002.

Cole will be sentenced later this summer.