An attorney and CPA who operated his own law firm in Morristown, N.J., has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for filing a false income tax return.

David Lewis, 51, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise. The judge imposed the sentence Monday in a federal court in Newark, N.J.

Lewis, a CPA with an advanced degree in tax law, presented himself on his law firm’s Web site as an expert in income tax planning and income tax returns. However, he admitted that in April 2004, he filed a federal income tax return for 2003 that failed to report more than $300,000 in income from his law practice.

In addition to the 18-month prison term, Lewis was sentenced to three years of supervised release. The judge also ordered him to cooperate with the IRS.

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