A federal judge on Thursday imposed a 78-month prison term on John P. Karoly Jr., an Allentown, Pa., lawyer who confessed to filing false tax returns that hid more than $4.2 million in income and who stood trial and was convicted on money laundering charges for defrauding a charity.

“A lawyer who is not honest is a threat to the social order,” U.S. District Judge Lawrence F. Stengel said at the close of a two-day sentencing hearing. Prosecutors wanted Karoly to be taken into custody immediately, but Stengel ordered that Karoly be given until July 6 to surrender himself and said he would recommend that he serve his term in the federal prison in Scranton, Pa.

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