A Manhattan art consultant hid millions in Swiss bank accounts to avoid paying taxes, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office said Thursday.
Lacy Doyle, 59, was arrested Thursday morning for obstructing the administration of Internal Revenue Service laws and subscribing to a false tax return, officials said.
Doyle, whose resume includes work with the Museum of Modern Art's Art Advisory Service, faces up to six years in prison.
When Doyle's dad died in 2003 and secretly left her a more than $4 million inheritance, she said in court filings his estate was less than $1 million.
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She opened an "undeclared Swiss bank account for the purpose of depositing the secret inheritance from her father" in 2006 — using a fake foreign foundation name to conceal her identity.
Doyle didn't report her interest in the hidden accounts — nor the income they generated — from 2004 to 2009. She also didn't file reports with the IRS about the accounts, Bharara said.
Doyle allegedly opened the accounts with the help of Beda Singenberger, a Swiss citizen who is on the run from conspiracy charges.
"As alleged in the indictment, Lacy Doyle went to extraordinary lengths to hide millions of dollars in assets and income from the IRS in overseas bank accounts," Bharara said.
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She was released on $500,000 bond.
Doyle maintains her innocence, her lawyer, Alain Leibman, told the Daily News.
"We emphatically deny the charges and look forward to our day in court," Leibman said.Send a Letter to the Editor
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