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LOS ANGELES � Federal prosecutors in the criminal case against civil rights attorney Stephen Yagman are seeking a prison sentence of nine years, citing his “prolonged, sophisticated and calculated” behavior. Yagman, a partner at Venice Beach, Calif.-based Yagman & Yagman & Reichmann, was convicted this past summer of money laundering, tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 5. His lawyer, Barry Tarlow, a partner at Los Angeles-based Tarlow & Berk, is asking for about two to four years. Both sentencing requests deviate substantially from the pre-sentencing report recommendation of nearly 5 1/2 years. Yagman was convicted of failing to pay $158,000 in federal income taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He also hid assets, such as a 2,800-square-foot house in Venice Beach, from creditors and trustees who were overseeing bankruptcies he filed on behalf of himself and his former firm, Yagman & Yagman. A jury convicted Yagman on 17 counts of money laundering, one count of tax evasion and one count of bankruptcy fraud. Later, U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson of the Central District of California granted acquittals on six of the money laundering counts. According to court filings, a pre-sentencing report recommended Yagman serve 63 months in prison, plus two years of supervised release. An ‘elaborate scheme’ Prosecutors, however, have recommended a sentence of 103 months. Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, declined to comment. Prosecutors say Yagman “constructed and carried out an elaborate scheme to break the law, harm his creditors, stiff the government, and get away with it,” according to court papers. Tarlow, who did not return calls, recommended a sentence of 27 to 46 months. He said Yagman’s crimes do not rise to the level of “sophisticated” concealment. Prosecutors could not prove that Yagman deliberately concealed assets in bank accounts; he disputed the government’s perjury claims. He also said the judge rejected claims that Yagman fabricated evidence.

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