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Ex-IRS Lawyer Sentenced to Prison

November 9, 2002

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LAS VEGAS (AP) _ A tax lawyer was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday for tax evasion and masterminding a scheme that bilked Maid Aide Inc. investors out of more than $3 million.

The judge said Max C. Tanner, 55, should begin his sentence immediately, and he was led away in shackles. His lawyer, Brian Sun, argued Tanner legally did not have to pay the taxes and planned to appeal.

Prosecutors said Tanner failed to pay taxes on $10 million in stock profits from 1996 to 1998. A jury convicted him in 2001 of charges including tax evasion, fraud and money laundering.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Lytle said Tanner manipulated the stock price of Maid Aide and funneled money through brokerages to Cayman Island accounts.

Lytle said Tanner was an Internal Revenue Service lawyer in the 1980s, and had a master’s degree in tax law from Georgetown University.

A Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit alleges the Maid Aide scheme was controlled by Tanner and securities promoter Dennis Evans. He has been convicted of conspiracy.

Lytle said about 300 investors lost money, and although the judge ordered restitution, many of Tanner’s assets remained unaccounted for.

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