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ATTORNEY IS FOUND GUILTY OF TAX EVASION Wade Vincent Shang, an attorney and accountant, was convicted by a federal jury on three counts of tax evasion for using his client trust account to underreport his income, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Tuesday. Shang, a personal injury lawyer with offices in Daly City and San Francisco, used his account to pay clients in cash after having them endorse settlement checks for greater than the amount they were owed. The scheme was aimed at giving the appearance that his business costs were greater than they actually were. The jury was told that after winning a settlement, Shang would take his clients to the bank and have them endorse two checks — one a check from the insurance company, which was deposited in the client trust account and a second check drawn from the account for the client. Shang would then deposit the second check, pay the client the original settlement amount in cash and keep the difference for himself. As part of the allegations, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jay Weill and Thomas Moore also told the jury that Shang held a party for former clients after he learned of the Internal Revenue Service investigation, trying to learn whether they had been contacted by the authorities. He allegedly gave gifts — in one case $800 — to two former clients. Shang was acquitted on two more counts of tax evasion. He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge William Alsup on Oct. 21. – Jason Hoppin N.Y. PAVES WAY FOR JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS NEW YORK — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, Gov. George Pataki and the Bush administration Tuesday cut a deal that clears the way for 10 nominees to the federal bench in New York, including the imminent nomination of a federal prosecutor working on the trial of alleged terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui. Kenneth Karas of the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan would fill a vacancy in the Southern District of New York. Karas, 39, is the co-chief of the Manhattan office’s organized crime and terrorism division. He prosecuted the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa, securing the convictions of four al-Qaida operatives. In exchange for Schumer’s support of Karas, the White House and Pataki have agreed to back former New York City Corporation Counsel Paul Crotty for the next opening in the Southern District. They also have agreed to back Schumer’s next nominee for an Eastern District judgeship when a slot opens. The announcement from Schumer’s office came on a day of hearings for four nominees supported by Schumer, Pataki, the White House and U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton: White & Case partner Richard Holwell, Cahill Gordon & Reindel partner Kevin Castel, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut Stephen Robinson (all for the Southern District) and Appellate Division, Second Department, Justice Sandra Feuerstein (Eastern District). In a statement during Tuesday’s hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Schumer described the four candidates as “very much moderates” and suggested that they could all be confirmed by the Senate’s August recess. Schumer also said he would continue to support former Court of Claims Judge Dora Irizarry for an Eastern District judgeship, even though she was found unqualified by the American Bar Association on Monday. “I met with her, we spent quite a bit of time with her, and she was very impressive,” Schumer said. – The New York Law Journal

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