Cincinnati attorney pleads guilty to IRS charge


CINCINNATI (AP) -- A former partner in a major Cincinnati law firm has pleaded guilty to a charge of obstructing the Internal Revenue Service while representing estates of two dead clients.

Suzanne Land made the plea Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Herman Weber. The Justice Department says in a statement that according to an agreement, she acknowledged a potential tax loss of more than $1 million from actions including forging posthumous signatures and misleading an appraiser on estate values.

Land had joined Dinsmore & Shol in 2010 as a partner in the corporate department. Its website says it has 475 attorneys in 13 cities. Land wasn't listed there Thursday.

She had represented the estates involved before joining that firm. Her attorney said Thursday she has voluntarily ceased practicing law.

Sentencing is Aug. 7.