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Civil rights lawyer must repay more than $227,000 as part of tax evasion sentence

A civil rights attorney was sentenced to three years of probation, including six months of home confinement, on Monday for income tax evasion, federal authorities said.

William S. Palmieri, 56, of Bethany, also must perform 150 hours of community service and pay $141,474.53 in back taxes and $86,234.47 in interest and penalties.

Palmieri pleaded guilty in December to two counts of willful failure to pay income taxes, authorities said. From 2006 to 2014, he reported to the Internal Revenue Service, but did not pay, all the taxes he owed, “even though he had the ability to make substantially greater tax payments during that time,” federal officials said.