Court Reverses Ernst & Young Tax Decision

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Court Reverses Ernst & Young Tax Decision

by James F. McDonough, Jr. on January 21, 2013

Reversal of Tax Decision

Two former Ernst & Young attorneys won a reversal of a tax decision that convicted them of developing illegal tax shelters from 1999 to 2001.

By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York overturned a decision that convicted Martin Nissenbaum and Richard Shapiro of creating unlawful shelters at the accounting firm to help wealthy individuals evade federal taxes, citing a lack of evidence. However, the court reaffirmed the conviction of Robert Coplan and Brian Vaughn, who were sentenced to 36 and 20 months in prison, respectively. The panel also affirmed the conviction of investment advisor Charles Bolton, but ordered a reduction of his fine.

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