SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Santa Barbara criminal defense attorney Darryl Genis, 60, was sentenced to two years in federal prison on Monday for failing to file tax returns for at least eight years.
The United States District judge that handed down the sentence also ordered Genis to pay restitution of $679,958 to the IRS.
Genis pleaded guilty in October to three misdemeanor counts of willfully failing to file tax returns from his law practice for the years 2009 through 2011. Genis also admitted that he had failed to pay income taxes for a total of eight years.
"For the tax years 2009 through 2011, Genis earned income from his law practice, he knew that his gross income for each year exceeded the threshold requiring him to file an income tax return, but he failed to file the required tax returns with the IRS," said a press release by the Department of Justice.
Over a period of eight years (2005-2012), Genis failed to report $3,590,185 of income and failed to pay $679,958 in income taxes, according to the Department of Justice.
“During the years he was not paying his taxes, this defendant purchased a multimillion-dollar home in Santa Barbara for his family, which allowed him to rent a different million-dollar residence that he also owned,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “Demonstrating his total disregard for honoring his tax responsibilities, in the span of just one weekend in 2009, he gambled away tens of thousands of dollars that easily exceeded the taxes he owed that year. Attorneys are no different than any other citizen; they are expected to follow the law.”
“Mr. Genis is a well-educated criminal defense attorney who knew of his responsibility to file his tax returns and pay the taxes owed,” said IRS Criminal Investigation Acting Special Agent in Charge Anthony J. Orlando. “Instead he chose to not file his tax returns or pay his taxes. He’ll now pay for his decision with the loss of his liberty and a period of incarceration.”
Genis is expected to start serving his sentence on or before May 15, 2017.