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Probation, restitution ordered for Barry Vauhgh Voss

St. Paul attorney sentenced for failing to pay taxes

St. Paul attorney Barry Vaughn Voss was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay restitution of nearly $250,000. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota announced the sentence yesterday.

Voss pleaded guilty to one felony count of failing to pay proper income, Medicaid and Social Security taxes. The Internal Revenue Service accused him of withholding taxes from the salaries of his employees at his law firm, Barry V. Voss, P.A. The IRS says he failed to pay about $160,000. Voss admitted he intentionally failed to pay the full amount. He was disbarred from the practice of law in May 2013 by the Minnesota Supreme Court. In addition to the probation sentence, he will also spend 90 days in a halfway house, perform 300 hours of community service and pay restitution of $244,922.

Voss, 62, had been an attorney 30 years practicing mainly criminal defense. He drew the attention of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility. In 2011 he was accused of mismanaging his lawyers trust account, not returning client funds he didn’t earn and ignoring  or neglecting client matters.

He was accused of s taking several thousand dollar retainer payments for a client, but then doing little or no work on the case. When the clients grew frustrated and demanded a refund Voss did not return the money and often the client’s file despite many attempts by the clients to retrieve both.

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