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Chicago lawyer charged with tax evasion

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A Chicago lawyer faces a tax evasion charge for not paying nearly $780,000 in federal income taxes over two decades, authorities said.

Daniel P. Soso, 63, of Alsip, is accused of failing to pay taxes on money that included his portion of attorney fees from Illinois’ lawsuit two decades ago against tobacco companies, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. He faces as many as five years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

An arraignment hearing hasn’t been scheduled.

The feds say Soso failed to pay $779,615 in taxes between 1993 and 2013. They said he used nominee bank accounts, lied to the IRS and used other tricks to hide the income.

Soso could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.