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Las Vegas lawyer pleads guilty to filing false tax return

A Las Vegas lawyer pleaded guilty Monday in a scheme to evade paying $260,625 in taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.

Charles C. LoBello, 52, who practices business and personal injury law, entered a guilty plea in federal court to one count of tax evasion for the year 2002. He admitted owing the IRS $110,123 for that period.

U.S. District Judge James Mahan set an Oct. 23 sentencing.

LoBello was indicted in June 2010 on five counts of tax evasion and five counts of filing false personal income tax returns. He is the brother of Mark LoBello, a Las Vegas lawyer who received a 15-month prison sentence in 2008 after pleading guilty to tax evasion.

According to the indictment, Charles LoBello hid more than $900,000 in unreported income from his law practice from 2001 to 2005.

In his plea agreement, LoBello agreed to pay the IRS roughly $260,625 in restitution for those years.

He acknowledged that in addition to the $110,123 he owes the IRS for the 2002 tax year, he also owes $47,667 for 2001, $16,619 for 2003, $62,875 for 2004 and $23,341 for 2005.

The case was prosecuted by lawyers with the Justice Department’s Tax Division in Washington, D.C.

Contact Jeff German at jgerman@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-8135.

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