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Charleston attorney sentenced to 2 years and to make $1 million-plus in restitution for tax evasion

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Charleston attorney Harold "Hal" Albertson has been sentenced to two years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than a million dollars in restitution to the IRS and former clients and investors he bilked.

Albertson, 65, had pleaded guilty previously to evading more than $100,000 in federal taxes.

As part of his plea agreement, Albertson admitted that he lured clients into investing money with him by promising a high rate of return. Instead of giving them a return on their investment, however, he used their money to pay his own debts. Albertson admitted to the court that he cashed his clients' checks and used the money to repay someone else.

This case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police and the Internal Revenue Service. He was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas E. Johnston in Charleston.