Wilton Attorney Gets Two Months in Prison for Tax Fraud

Joseph Colbert, 44, was sentenced to two months in prison followed by one year of supervised release, a $15,000 fine and 150 hours of community service, according to David B. Fein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut.


A Wilton-based attorney was sentenced Friday to two months in prison followed by one year of supervised release for filing false tax returns and for obstructing the Internal Revenue Service, according to a statement released by David B. Fein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

Joseph Colbert, 44, will serve the first six months of his supervised release term confined to his home and is ordered to pay a $15,000 fine and perform 150 hours of community service. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Colbert  filed false federal tax returns in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In each of the returns, Colbert falsely claimed that he had sustained thousands of dollars in losses on a rental property in New Jersey when, in fact, the New Jersey property was not a rental property, but was exclusively for his personal use. In total, Colbert underpaid his federal tax obligation by more than $133,000.

and admitted that he sought to obstruct the IRS by making false statements during a 2010 audit of his tax returns. He has paid restitution to the U.S. Treasury in the amount of $190,822.87, which includes back taxes, interest and penalties.

Cliff Cuming August 24, 2012 at 01:16 PM
And Charlie Rangle walks.... No wonder so many are PO'd with the system
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Mark Weiss November 24, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Looking forward to the disbarment of Joseph Colbert.
Bellmore December 15, 2012 at 07:50 PM
To Mark Weiss, We have all and yes including you have made mistakes in life that we regret and are embarrassed of. No need to make asinine comments like the one you made. Grow up!


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