Divorce Attorney's Career Annulled By Wiretap, Tax Rap

Mary Nolan, 62, was sentenced today after she pleaded guilty in September to wire-tapping and evading taxes

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A former divorce attorney was sentenced by a federal judge in San Francisco to two years in prison for evading income taxes and hiring an investigator to hide a wiretapping device in the car of a client's husband.

Mary Nolan, 62, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in September to four counts of evading more than $400,000 in taxes over four years by understating her income and one charge of illegally intercepting communications.

[Related article: Divorce Attorney Mary Nolan Pleads Guilty to Wiretapping Car…]

In the eavesdropping count, she admitted to employing former private investigator Christopher Butler, of Concord, to place a concealed listening device made from a cellphone in the car of a divorce client's husband between Aug. 9 and Sept. 9, 2007.

Breyer told Nolan during the sentencing today, "To eavesdrop on conversations that clearly weren't intended for an adversary to hear is a very unfair thing to do."

But he said he was especially concerned about the failure of Nolan, as a lawyer, to pay the taxes due.

"What I find most troubling is the fact that you were a lawyer. Lawyers have that special responsibility not just to know the law but to follow it," he told Nolan.

Nolan admitted during her guilty plea to evading more than $400,000 in taxes for the tax years 2005 through 2008. She agreed to pay the U.S. Internal Revenue Service $469,000 in restitution, which she has now done, according to prosecutors, and resigned from the State Bar.

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Sue February 04, 2014 at 04:29 PM
Wow, she finally got what she deserved. It's about time. I'm just surprised she got away with only 2 years in jail. Anyone else would have been in for no less than 5 years!
joei54 February 04, 2014 at 05:14 PM
Chris ....San Francisco is what the story stated. LOL What happened to the 'PLYMOUTH-WHITEMARSH PATCH' & our LOCAL news? Every since it was turned over to (?) it just AIN'T the same. Most of the local stories are old and repeated daily to fill up the space. I use to enjoy reading updates about the township meetings and local happenings. Now I don't even bother to pay attention to the emails sent to me from the Patch...I delete them. KInd of a waste anymore.. if you are looking for local news on the Plymouth-Whitemarsh Patch.
Liede-Marie Haitsma February 04, 2014 at 09:27 PM
I miss the articles from David Mills; too bad he was let go.
WalthamResident February 05, 2014 at 06:19 PM
It says she employed a PI from Concord. There's a Concord, CA, that is near SF. Maybe the Patch computers blew a fuse and can't tell it from Concord, MA? (Having been to both, they have essentially nothing in common.)
R. Rabin February 05, 2014 at 06:41 PM
To WalthamResident: You're trying to make sense out of the distribution of this article when there is none. It apparently went out to everybody. This looks to be Patch's new business model after they fired the local reporters.


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