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Charleston lawyer loses license

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The law license of a Charleston attorney who pleaded guilty to tax evasion was annulled Tuesday, according to the State Bar's Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

Harold S. Albertson agreed to pay about $1.2 million to mostly former clients, according to his plea agreement last month with federal prosecutors.

Federal prosecutors say Albertson tried to avoid paying $102,410 of income tax owed between 2003 and 2010. Albertson's federal charge came in the form of an information, which usually means a defendant is cooperating with an investigation.

That charge states Albertson used one bank account to keep both his personal funds and his client's funds. With that account, he paid his personal expenses and didn't maintain any records to keep the expenses separate, Assistant U.S. Attorney Blaire Malkin wrote in the charge.

He faces up to five years in jail when Judge Thomas Johnston sentences him March 24.


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