Tax swindler back in court

The man who allegedly pretended to commit suicide in order to avoid serving a 20-year prison sentence appeared before a judge Tuesday. Last month, Sam Israel tried to plead guilty to failing to report

News 12 Staff

Oct 28, 2008, 3:46 PM

Updated 5,681 days ago

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Tax swindler back in court
The man who allegedly pretended to commit suicide in order to avoid serving a 20-year prison sentence appeared before a judge Tuesday.
Last month, Sam Israel tried to plead guilty to failing to report to prison and faking his own suicide. The presiding federal judge, however, did not think it was prudent since Israel said he was only 60 to 70 percent clearheaded, and his case was adjourned.
On Tuesday, Israel's attorney, Barry Bohrer, told the judge his client is still not ready to plead guilty because of his medical treatment, which includes the intake of methadone that replaced pain medication.
?He's still undergoing treatment,? Bohrer says. ?In a month we'll know better how he is. At the moment, he's not ready to proceed, and the judge agreed.?
Israel previously admitted to stealing $450 million from clients in a stock swindle. He was originally sentenced to 20 years, but there is a possibility he could spend 10 more years behind bars.


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