Willows attorney found guilty of attempted tax evasion

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A Willows attorney was found guilty of attempted tax evasion in a Sacramento court on Wednesday.

Orion Douglas Memmott, 73, formerly of Willows, was convicted of attempted tax evasion and subscribing to a false tax document.

According to court testimonies, Memmott stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from investors and law firm clients in order to spend the money on failed day trading, travel and personal trainers for himself.

Some of the money Memmott used was taken out of a client's medical trust, leaving her destitute and homeless.

According to testimony presented at trial, Memmott hid the embezzlement using nominee accounts and false statements to investors, clients and the IRS. Memmott also hid his property holdings and rental income from IRS agents seeking to collect unpaid taxes from the years between 1993 and 1999.

The case against Memmott was the product of an investigation done by the IRS - Criminal Investigation, Redding Office.

Memmott is scheduled to be sentenced on November 6 at 9 a.m.

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