Greenfield lawyer gets 6 months on tax charges
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A western Massachusetts lawyer has been sentenced to six months in federal prison on tax evasion charges.
Gregory Olchowski of Colrain was also sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Springfield to one year of probation and fined $8,000.
Prosecutors say Olchowski, who practiced in Greenfield, failed to report his full income from 2005 to 2008. They say he has already paid almost $150,000 in delinquent taxes.
The Recorder reports that his lawyer argued that the charges stemmed from financial stress brought on by a divorce.
The 57-year-old Olchowski said in court that he has always been a man of integrity and his behavior was an aberration.
His license to practice law is suspended.