A Louisa doctor’s wife and office manager was sentenced to 30 days in jail for a federal tax evasion conviction, well short of the 20 months requested by the US Department of Justice.
Tammie Klein, 62, of Louisa, pleaded guilty in March to a single count of attempted tax evasion, after it was determined she filed false forms between 2015 and 2017, sub- declaring $400,870 to the IRS.
According to federal prosecutors, she did so as an office manager and accountant at Family Practice of Louisa and Recovery Louisa, where her husband, Dr. Jeremy Klein, practiced.
In addition to the 30-day stay at FPC Alderson in West Virginia, Klein must repay $400,970 in restitution.
The sentencing memoranda filed in the case tell starkly different stories.
According to his defense attorney, Marc Murphy of Louisville, Klein lacked the formal education to make an accurate report to the IRS. On top of that, Klein was the only one caring for her dying mother during the time the fraud happened and had to deal with a son who developed serious health issues in college. .
Along with not paying taxes, these added stressors caused Klein to shut down and bury her head in the sand, the attorney said. Due to all of these factors, Murphy argued that Klein should be given probation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea L. Mattingly Williams claimed Klein once got into trouble with the IRS in the 2000s, at which point she had to get a payment plan to pay off her debt.
The prosecutor said Klein did not change her ways, although she found herself in hot water at the time. Klein also spent money on frivolous items, such as buying property on a land contract and a trip to Disney World, the memorandum says.