A Pleasanton attorney has been ordered to give up practicing law, pay a $1,000 fine, and make restitution of $29,088 to the Internal Revenue Service after being indicted on two federal charges.
William A. Hirst was indicted March 17 on two counts of making false statements to the IRS. Hirst first made false statements to IRS agents during a civil estate tax audit concerning three deeds that he fabricated, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
In a February letter to the Pleasanton Weekly, Hirst claimed that there was no tax loss to the government, and that he did not profit "by so much as a nickel."
The indictment said that between December 2004 and Feb. 15, 2005, Hirst signed and dated three fabricated deeds in the name of an individual who was deceased.
Hirst falsely claimed that he notarized the deeds on Feb. 12, 2004; that the signature on the deeds was that of the decedent; and that he did not forge a signature on the deeds, according to the indictment. Hirst also claimed he did not remember why the deeds were filed 14 months after Feb. 12, 2004; that he told officials he discovered the deeds had not been filed with the county recorder when he ran across them in a file; and that the signatures on the deeds were not his writing, the release says.
The indictment also claimed that during an investigation in 2008, Hirst told IRS agents that the reason the three deeds were recorded more than a year late was because they were lost. The release says Hirst knew the three deeds recorded in April 2005 were fabricated by him between December 2004 and Feb. 15, 2005.
He was sentenced in April.