Lawyer gets jail for evading taxes, obstruction

Posted: November 20, 2012

A 52-year-old Philadelphia man was sentenced Tuesday to 70 months in federal prison for failing to report $365,000 in income while working as a real estate lawyer, prosecutors said.

Charles M. Naselsky, while working for the law firm of Cozen O'Connor, directed clients to pay him directly for services instead of paying his firm.

When Naselsky learned that he was under investigation by the IRS, he obstructed the investigation, prosecutors said. U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond ordered Naselsky to pay $290,000 restitution to the law firm and $133,000 restitution to the IRS.    - Robert Moran

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