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I for one am pleased to hear this. hopefully with all the cases pending against him he will never practice law again. How he can look at himself in the mirror each day amazes me. what a role model he is providing for his children.


Friday, July 27, 2007
Brea attorney found guilty of tax evasion
Harpreet S. Brar is found guilty on five counts of felony state income tax evasion.

BREA – An attorney who operated a law office in Brea was found guilty on five counts of felony state income tax evasion Thursday and will be sentenced in September, the Franchise Tax Board announced today.

Harpreet S. Brar, 35, who also operated a limited liability partnership in Long Beach, failed to file 1999 personal income tax and corporate income tax returns. He also failed to file his 2002 personal income tax returns and for the limited liability partnership, Holly McDonell, an FTB spokeswoman said.

"Tax evasion is a felony and you will go to prison," McDonell said.

Brar, who represented himself, did file a 1999 personal income tax return after the FTB executed a search warrant in late 2004. However, Brar failed to claim about $1.5 million he received from the sale of securities.

Brar was arrested in February 2006 for tax evasion. He was out on $250,000 bail when the trial started a week ago at Orange County Superior Court, McDonell said.

Brar owes the FTB more than $138,000 in additional tax for 1999, McDonell said. The total amount of restitution, including the business tax, penalties, interest, and the cost of the investigation, will be determined at Brar's sentencing on Sept. 14.

"All income is taxable, even illegal income, and the honest taxpayers pay 20 percent more because of those who cheat," McDonnell said.

According to the State Bar of California, Brar is no longer eligible to practice law. The number at Brar's former law office on Imperial Highway is disconnected and he could not be reached for comment.

Contact the writer: 714-704-3709 or [email protected]

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