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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Dharma February 03, 2014 at 11:44 PM
i thought all attorneys hired private detectives to so this sort of thing. my guess is judge u need a whole prison for this if that is the issue. as to tax evasion.. you couldn't let her pay it.. something is weird here..
Shirley Dicktor February 04, 2014 at 12:04 AM
Attorney's are NEVER above the law...
Connie Packard Kamedulski February 04, 2014 at 06:56 AM
So -- where did this happen???? If our wonderful reporters at Patch are reporting nationwide news instead of local reports from our little "patch" of the world ... could they please follow normal journalistic protocol and include a location slug at the beginning of the story?????
Chris February 04, 2014 at 07:35 AM
San Francisco??? Did I miss something?? Why do I care what's going on in SF!! I signed up for the Patch to get local news. If this store is attached somehow to someone locally or if I missed something, please feel free to correct me...
tyl February 04, 2014 at 08:04 AM
Please stop posting non local news on the local patch site. I am sure there is another Mansfield news that can be shared on the MANSFIELD patch :)
Hikerr February 04, 2014 at 08:05 AM
OMG a lawyer that's a thief! Is this a new low?
Angelo Marinosci Jr. February 04, 2014 at 08:25 AM
There are a vast number of local attorneys that play all these dirty games ..all the time...specializing in manufacturing "High Conflict" cases in which they invent any way they can to continue cases and extort money from their clients while bending and breaking any rules, regulations, ethics and laws that the courts tolerate of them... shamefully true...!!! There are only two categories of lawyers: HONEST OR DISHONEST.... all the rest is a smoke screen.
Angelo Marinosci Jr. February 04, 2014 at 08:25 AM
The state Police of Rhode Island should do more than manage the doorways in Rhode Island Family Court.
Gerry Geisler February 04, 2014 at 09:06 AM
Why is this in Chatham Patch? We used to get some good local news here but now it's just a lot of random articles from around the country! Even the "local" news usually involves things from other areas, almost nothing really related to Chatham anymore.
macgeek February 04, 2014 at 09:13 AM
lawyers are pond scum. they prey on people and their money
R. Rabin February 04, 2014 at 09:34 AM
I am always sorry to read about a fellow attorney getting into criminal trouble. However, I have to ask why a California story is on our local Tredyffrin-Easttown Pennsylvania Patch. Is this the "new and improved" version of Patch that we heard about? If so, not impressed. Bring back the local news.
Ivan Ivanovich February 04, 2014 at 09:47 AM
News flash all attorneys are a bunch of shysters who represent themselves, throw them all in jail
ken February 04, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Butler's in prison too....pled guilty to robbery, extortion, and conspiracy, and in September 2012 he was sentenced to eight years in prison
charlies angel February 04, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Is there not enough local news going on in Channahon & Minooka? How about reporting what was all the cops flying into Hunter's Crossing the other day, even will county sheriff cars? We citizens should be informed of what's going on so we can be aware for our protection.
Bridgette Hirsch February 04, 2014 at 11:44 AM
i don't live in San Francisco. i don't live in California. No point to Patch if it's not local anymore.
WINEGUY51 February 04, 2014 at 12:14 PM
the "patch's idea of local": those who share the same sun...
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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