Attorney For Disabled Commits Tax Fraud, Professional License Disabled

Scott Johnson, a Sacramento attorney known for filing thousands of disability discrimination lawsuits, has been sentenced to 18 months of home detention for filing a false tax return.

Johnson owned and operated a legal services corporation called Disabled Access Prevents Injury, through which he filed lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act and related California statutes, naming himself as the plaintiff.

From 2012 to 2014, Johnson underreported the income he earned from the lawsuit settlements on his tax returns. This caused a loss of over $250,000 to the IRS.

Johnson was an attorney who worked for the IRS earlier in his career, and as part of his sentence, is not allowed to reapply for reinstatement to the California Bar.

He was also ordered to pay $250,000 in restitution and a $50,000 fine to the IRS.