Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden today found DERON D. FREEMAN, 47, of Glastonbury, guilty of tax evasion offenses .
According to evidence presented at a trial en banc in October and November 2021, Freeman is an attorney who owned and operated a law office of Deron Freeman in Hartford. Freeman has practiced primarily in the areas of personal injury and criminal law. Between 2006 and 2010, Freeman fell way behind on his federal tax payments and failed to pay his outstanding tax balance, despite multiple overdue tax notices and the imposition of payments and interest by the IRS. In 2010, the IRS initiated collection action against Freeman for the 2007, 2008, and 2009 tax years.
In 2011, shortly after Freeman entered into a payment plan with the IRS, he began using a bank account in the name of a third party to hold hundreds of thousands of dollars in an effort to protect funds from the scrutiny of the IRS. In June 2012, Freeman made sufficient tax payments for the IRS to remove a lien against Freeman for the 2008 tax year. Shortly thereafter, Freeman transferred over $248,000 from the third-party account to his personal money market account. Freeman subsequently filed false tax returns for 2011, 2012, and 2013, failing to pay taxes on approximately $950,000 of income during those years, and also failed to pay significant taxes owed for the years. tax 2014 and 2015.
Evidence at trial revealed that Freeman spent lavishly on cars and watercraft and, between 2012 and 2016, spent around $1.5 million building a new home.
Judge Bolden found Freeman guilty of three counts of fabricating and underwriting a false tax return and four counts of non-payment of income tax. At sentencing, which is not scheduled, Freeman faces a maximum prison term of 13 years.
Freeman is released on $100,000 bond pending sentencing.
This investigation was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorneys Susan L. Wines and Christopher W. Schmeisser.