York Beach lawyer sentenced on income tax charges

Posted Jan. 10, 2010, at 10:19 a.m.

ALFRED, Maine — Maine’s attorney general says a York Beach lawyer has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for failing to file three years of state income tax returns.

Fifty-year-old Stephen M. Brett also pleaded no contest to a charge that he had used $3,625 entrusted to him in a real estate closing for personal purposes.

Brett, whose law license has been suspended, must pay restitution of $611 and file his outstanding state tax returns from 2004, 2005 and 2006 by April 15, 2010.

Attorney General Janet Mills says if he complies with the terms, he can withdraw his plea and the state will dismiss the charge of misuse of entrusted property.

Brett had already repaid the $3,625 before his indictment.

He will report to jail on Feb. 19.

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