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Greenfield doctor gets prison time for tax evasion

SPRINGFIELD — A former Greenfield doctor was sentenced to federal prison for evading more than $1 million in tax payments.

Richard C. McGinn, 67, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Springfield to 30 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised federal probation.

McGinn was convicted of tax evasion, five counts of failing to pay employment taxes, and failure to file a tax return, in a 2013 jury trial.

McGinn evaded multiple tax payments between 1987 and 2003, kept payroll taxes withheld in 2008 and 2009 for himself instead of paying the IRS, did not file tax returns for his medical practice from 2006 to 2009, used corporate funds to pay personal expenses and concealed business income by using a family member’s bank account, according to a press release issued Friday by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz.

McGinn pleaded guilty in 1996 to attempting to evade his 1991 taxes, and was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

He found himself in court again 10 years later.

McGinn’s practice, Franklin Health Care Associates, was formed in 2004, and rented space from the former Franklin Medical Center. In 2006, the hospital sued him for back rent, and was awarded $40,201.39 in damages, interest, fees and expenses in court.

According to records from the state Board of Registration in Medicine, McGinn’s licenses for general practice and obstetrics/gynecology was allowed to expire Sept. 16, 2011.

You can reach David Rainville at: drainville@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 279

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