Ridgefield lawyer going to prison for tax evasion

RIDGEFIELD — Attorney Timothy G. Griffin, who pleaded guilty last year to filing a tax return, was sentenced Friday to six months in prison, the U.S. attorney’s office announced.

Griffin, who practiced law in Bronxville, N.Y., failed to file tax returns for tax years 2002, 2003 and 2004, according to a press release. Pressed by the IRS, he eventually filed returns for 2003 and 2004 that understated his income by a total of $499,000 and lowered his taxes by nearly $137,000.

In September, Griffin pleaded guilty to one county of filing a false tax return, according to the release. U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill ordered him to pay nearly $154,000 in restitution, which included the unpaid taxes and $17,000 in penalties for the tax years 2005 and 2006.

In Friday’s sentencing, Underhill also ordered Griffin to spend a year on supervised release after the conclusion of his prison sentence, the U.S. attorney said.

Griffin still faces criminal charges in New York state. He is accused of embezzling nearly $2 million from the United Hebrew Cemetery on Staten Island, and another $750,000 from seven legal clients.