CAMDEN, N.J. – A Cumberland County, New Jersey-based attorney was sentenced today to 14 months in prison for evading more than $250,000 in federal taxes on income generated from his law firm, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
Douglas M. Long, 55, of Upper Deerfield, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Noel. L Hillman to an information charging him with one count of federal income tax evasion. Judge Hillman imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From 2012 through 2015, Long, managing partner of the Woodbury, New Jersey, law firm Long & Marmero LLP, exercised primary control over the firm’s finances and supervised the firm’s bookkeeper. Many of Long’s personal expenses, including school tuition for his children, utilities and service fees for his personal residences, student loan payments for Long and his spouse, and other expenses, repeatedly were paid out of the law firm’s bank accounts. Long directed the bookkeeper to falsely classify these payments as law firm business expenses to avoid his tax obligations. He also falsely declared, under penalty of perjury, that his personal tax returns for tax years 2012 through 2015 were true and accurate when they were not. Long ultimately concealed over $800,000 in personal income and evaded payment of over $250,000 in taxes owed to the IRS during tax years 2012 through 2015, including $368,000 in income and $120,000 in taxes for tax year 2014.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Hillman sentenced Long to three years of supervised release, fined him $10,000 and ordered him to pay restitution of $269,736.
Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael Montanez, and special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr. in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce P. Keller of Special Prosecutions Division in Newark.