Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.
QUESTION: A couple of years ago, a Sacramento tax attorney named Roni Deutch was the target of an investigation by the California Department of Justice. She was accused of bilking clients out of millions and defying a court order by shredding documents that were ordered to be turned over to the court. What was the outcome?
Submitted by: Just Wondering, Sacramento
ANSWER: A civil lawsuit filed against former Sacramento tax attorney Roni Lynn Deutch in August 2010 by the California Attorney General's Office has not been resolved, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records.
The lawsuit alleges that Deutch swindled clients, charging individual clients up to $4,700 for tax help but delivering little or no results. As part of the lawsuit, she was ordered to pay $435,000 in refunds to dissatisfied clients, according to stories in The Bee.
While maintaining that she is innocent, Deutch closed her offices and surrendered her law license in May 2011, saying she was broke and unable to continue operate her business.
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