Ex-attorney for suburban village sentenced on tax charge

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a former attorney for a suburban Chicago village to two months in prison for failing to pay taxes on hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A spokeswoman for IRS Criminal Investigation in Chicago, Kerry Hannigan, says Evangeline Levison was also ordered to pay $315,000 in restitution to the IRS.

The 58-year-old pleaded guilty in a plea deal to willful failure to file returns or pay tax. A listed number for Levison was disconnected.

Prosecutors requested a yearlong prison term. They noted Levison made around $230,000 annually as Dolton’s attorney from 2004 to 2011 and didn’t file taxes for those years.

The defense cited Levison’s charity work and cooperation with agents in requesting probation.

But Judge Geraldine Brown said Tuesday probation wasn’t appropriate and “voluntary compliance is the backbone of our tax system.”