Federal Court

University Place accountant sentenced to probation for tax evasion

Tacoma News TribuneJuly 30, 2013 

A federal judge Tuesday sentenced a University Place accountant to serve two years probation and pay more than $146,000 in restitution for filing false tax returns.

Joseph J. Doria, 70, previously pleaded guilty to falsifying his tax returns in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.

Federal investigators said Doria understated his income and overstated his expenses on his federal taxes from 2007-2009.

Doria said a gambling addiction made him cheat on his taxes. U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin Settle ordered Doria to attend Gambling Anonymous as part of the sentence.

Federal prosecutors said Doria, an accountant and tax preparer for more than 35 years, should have known what he was doing was wrong.

"Mr. Doria could have sought an offer and compromise (with the IRS) to provide him with more time to pay his taxes and/or a reduction of his total tax liability," prosecutors said in their sentencing recommendation. "Despite this and other options, Mr. Doria chose the most dishonest solution to his problem: he falsified his tax returns."

The cheating came to light during an audit of Doria's 2011 return, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle reported. 

Doria's attorney, Allen Bentley of Seattle, wrote in a sentencing memorandum that his client is an honest, trustworthy man who developed a gambling habit he couldn't control.

"The crimes were committed in a very simple manner," Bentleywrote. "Mr. Doria, having gambled away the money needed to pay his taxes, figured out how much tax he could afford to pay ... and then made up income and expense numbers to produce the desired result."


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