Overland Park attorney disbarred following guilty plea, imprisonment for tax evasion

By Karen Kidd | Jan 29, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY (St. Louis Record) – Imprisoned Overland Park attorney David Ben Mandelbaum was recently disbarred following his guilty plea in Kansas last summer to federal tax evasion charges. 

The Missouri Supreme Court handed down its order Jan. 29 following the office of chief disciplinary counsel's motion for final discipline, which advised the court that Mandelbaum's conviction for attempt to evade or defeat tax, a class D felony, was final.

The high court also ordered Mandelbaum to pay all costs in the matter.

Mandelbaum, 59, is incarcerated at the medium security U.S. penitentiary in Marion, Illinois, according to an online federal inmate search. Mandelbaum's release is scheduled March 18, 2020.

Mandelbaum was admitted to the bar in Missouri on Oct. 10, 1986, according to his profile at The Missouri Bar's website, which said Mandelbaum was an Overland Park attorney.

In October, Mandelbaum was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for allegedly concealing his assets and income to fend off IRS collection of the more than $132,000 in taxes that he owed, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release. Mandelbaum also was ordered to pay more than $202,000 in restitution, penalties and interest, according to the press release.

The previous August, Mandelbaum pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Kansas to a single count of tax evasion, admitting he owed taxes for the 2005 through 2010 tax years, according to an earlier DOJ press release. Mandelbaum was alleged to have set up bank accounts under other identities, made false statements and kept personal funds in a client trust account.

Both press releases refer to Mandelbaum as a Leawood, Kansas, attorney.

Mandelbaum could have faced up to three years in federal prison and been fined up to $250,000. The case against him was investigated by the IRS and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Leon Patton.

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