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San Ramon Attorney Charged with Tax Evasion and Unlawfully Intercepting Communications
Used Private Investigator to Install Listening Devices

U.S. Attorney’s Office September 18, 2012
  • Northern District of California (415) 436-7200

OAKLAND, CA—A six-count indictment was unsealed today charging San Ramon attorney Mary Nolan with tax evasion and unlawfully intercepting communications, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced. Nolan, 60, was arrested today in her home in Oakland, prior to making her initial appearance in federal court.

The indictment, which was returned September 6, 2012, alleges that Nolan, the owner of The Law Offices of Mary Nolan in San Ramon, California, willfully attempted to evade and defeat a large part of her income tax due and owing by causing false tax returns to be filed with the Internal Revenue Service from 2005 through 2008. For the tax years 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008, Nolan reported taxable income of -$21,395, -$12,472, -$53,934, and -$48,146, respectively, when in fact she knew her taxable income was $306,543, $410,581, $574,769 and $414,319. The unreported taxable income totaled $1,842,159, resulting in additional tax due of approximately $593,916.

The indictment further alleges that, between approximately August 9, 2007, and at least September 9, 2007, Nolan conspired to and procured another person to unlawfully intercept wire, oral, and electronic communications.

Specifically, the indictment alleges that Nolan referred clients to private investigator Christopher Butler for Butler to install concealed listening devices in the clients’ spouses or significant others’ cars.

The indictment also alleges that on numerous occasions, Nolan and her staff, acting on Nolan’s instructions, accessed the listening devices to eavesdrop on conversations by Nolan’s clients’ spouses and significant others with the intent to use the intercepted information to assist Nolan’s client’s legal proceedings.

The maximum statutory penalty for tax evasion, in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7201, is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum statutory penalty for conspiracy to unlawfully intercept communications, in violation 18 U.S.C. § 371 is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum statutory penalty for unlawful interception of communications, in violation 18 U.S.C. § 2511(1)(a) and (4)(a) is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.

Upon posting $50,000, Nolan will be released on a bond that includes $250,000 of security in the form of a deed that must be posted within two weeks. She is next scheduled to appear in federal court in Oakland on Sept. 25, 2012, for arraignment before Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu. The case is assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton.

Hartley M.K. West is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Rania Ghawi. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation.

Please note, an indictment contains only allegations against an individual and, as with all defendants, Nolan must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

source: FBI

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Comment balloon 1 commentDavid Saks • September 19 2012 11:55AM


Mary Nolan is a bottom feeder and she has done great harm in the family Courts. I have dealt with this thing that calls herself an attorney, she is/was my ex's attorney. In february 2010 my ex sent her to court in hayward to come to an agreement with me over our son's health care insurance , Nolan played nice and after the hearing we were talking and this hack asked me why I was useing a walker, told her I needed to get a hip replacement, she started asking about my pain and if the doc gave me pain meds, I told her yes, but I try not to take them , because I need to be able to drive my son back and forth to school. after some other small talk and her telling me all about her son going to college in oregon. She comes right out and says: What do you do with your extra oxycodone that you don't take. I told her that I take them back to the V.A. hospital and they get rid of them. She then says: I have back pain also and if you think about it, I'd like to have your extras, Ill pay you for them. About two months later we were back in court and she was still playing nice, But! no agreement ready, We talked again after court and after buying that pig a bottle of water, The first thing out of mouth was: Did you happen to bring any of those, I thought for a moment and looked at her and she said:Those pills. I said no I did'nt even think about it. She the stands up and says : well I gotta go, I'll call you about the agreement and left. She then submitted a bunch of false income and expense statements to the court and I called her on them and the Commissioner at that time also seen what she was doing and found everything in my favor and made orders. A month and a half later we were back in court and she had gotten the case put in adiffrent court with a diffrent Commissioner who gave her whatever she wanted, Her and this Commissioner did everything but call each other : Honey and Dear. She did'nt do all of her crimes alone, she had help and the FBI,DOJ and the IRS should also be investagateing some these Commissioners and Judges she  brings her case before. I have proof that I had submitted to court that her ... Commissioner refused to consider , even though the family court service people and child support /DA people also found that my ex and Nolan were lieing??? And it not just me, I have done my homework and I have found a number of folks she has screwed over and most of them are/were her own clients. The most important thing here is the CHILDREN... This HACK is feeding off the family  Courts and taking who's evers money she could get, No what!!! THE FAMILY COURT IS THERE FOR WHAT IS IN THE BEST INTREST OF THE CHILD/CHILDREN. Nolan is a hack,a thief,a liar,and a bottom feeder at the least. She needs to also be in jail for the things she has done in the family Courts

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