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Sacramento Attorney Pleads to Grand Theft, State Income Tax Evasion

Released: April 02, 2009

Sacramento - A Sacramento attorney pleaded guilty Monday to two felony counts of grand theft with an enhancement for excessive taking and one felony count of state income tax evasion, according to the Franchise Tax Board.

Aaron L. Swickard, 43, is a self-employed attorney. According to court documents, during 2005 and 2006 Swickard embezzled more than $784,000 from client trust funds for his own personal use. Swickard spent the money on a lavish lifestyle. In addition, Swickard failed to file his state income taxes for these same years and report the more than $200,000 he earned from his business as well as the embezzled funds. All income is taxable including income from illegal sources. He owes the state more than $75,000 in unpaid tax. Penalties, interest and the cost of the investigation will be added to this amount. Swickard faces 5 years and 8 months in state prison.

Swickard’s sentencing is scheduled for May 18 in Department 8. The full amount of restitution to his victims and FTB will also be determined.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Gary E. Ransom accepted the plea on Monday. Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Robert Clancey prosecuted the case. This was a joint investigation between the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and FTB.

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