Firms Weren't 'Deprived' Of Lawyers' Letter In Tax Fraud Case

Law360 (July 29, 2020, 8:47 PM EDT) -- A letter containing legal advice from a CFO-turned-IRS informant to a CEO later charged with tax fraud can't be returned to three of the CEO's other companies because they already had copies of it and weren't deprived of any protected attorney-client communication it contained, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Senior U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti said Nocito Enterprises Inc., Palace Development Co. Inc. and Jonolley Properties Inc. — three companies associated with Automated Health Systems and its ex-CEO, Joseph W. Nocito — couldn't demand the return of a letter to Nocito that allegedly contained advice from his lawyers, referred...

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