What was the sentence for Sacramento attorney Donald Wanland, who was found guilty of tax evasion Sept. 27, 2013?
– Rural Reader, Amador County
A federal court judge in March sentenced Donald Wanland, a Sacramento attorney, to four years in prison.
Wanland, 56, was convicted by a jury in September 2013 of 28 criminal counts, including tax evasion, failing to file tax returns and multiple instances of trying to conceal assets from the Internal Revenue Service, according to stories in The Sacramento Bee.
Evidence at trial showed that instead of paying taxes, Wanland spent $2,700 on a weekend at Squaw Valley Ski Resort, made payments on his Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac Escalade, gambled at Las Vegas casinos, vacationed in Mexico and Hawaii, traveled frequently in limousines and maintained the pool at his El Dorado Hills home.
Prosecutors established that Wanland filed tax returns for 2000 through 2003, showing gross income of more than $1.5 million, for which he admitted owing $448,451, but paid nothing. When the IRS tried to collect, Wanland concealed the bank accounts he used to receive and disburse his income, and then filed no returns for 2004 through 2007. During those years, he received more than $1 million from his law firm, according to the evidence.
Wanland is incarcerated at the U.S. Penitentiary Atwater, in Merced County. He is to be released in January 2017.