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WV attorney gets prison time in tax evasion case

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West Virginia attorney Charles B. Mullins II was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for tax evasion.

Mullins, 52, previously pleaded guilty in August 2012.

Mullins admitted that between 2006-2009, he failed to pay more than $389,000 in taxes.

Mullins also admitted that he owes the state public defender program $223,605 and Alabama-based Daniels Capital Corporation $184,030 by making false statements concerning the amount of work he did on court-appointed criminal defense work, authorities said.

Mullins practiced law in Pineville.

Mullins admitted that he deposited money into his client trust account, which included legal fees, reimbursements from settlements for private clients, as well as his personal income.

He also wrote checks for his personal use directly from a client trust account.

In an effort to conceal the personal expenditures from his trust account, Mullins had employees falsely assign personal expenses to a random client in his trust account computer software program. In the operating account, which he provided to his accountant, Mullins classified personal expenses as business expenses, which were deducted from his income, Goodwin said.

The court also ordered the defendant to pay restitution in the amount of $780,146.