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Founder of Vermont Law School Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

July 28, 2005

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - The founder of Vermont Law School has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of tax evasion in a case in which he was charged with defrauding a New Hampshire widow out of more than $115,000.

Anthony N. Doria, 78, of South Royalton, also must pay restitution to Barbara Umbrecht of Newport, N.H.

Doria acknowledged that he received money, stocks and other assets from Umbrecht in 1998 and 1999, the U.S. attorney's office said Tuesday.

Prosecutors allege he promised to invest her money, but converted it for his personal use.

Doria used the money to pay for personal and other expenses but never filed tax returns for what was considered taxable income for 1998 and 1999, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Over a two-year period, Doria obtained about $115,250 from Umbrecht.

According to Internal Revenue Service calculations, his income in 1998 would have generated a tax liability of $21,000.

Doria faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.