Dracut lawyer pleads guilty to tax fraud, faces three years in prison


BOSTON — A Dracut attorney pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Tuesday to two counts of filing false tax returns and failing to pay more than $192,000 in federal taxes.

While operating his law firm in Dracut, John F. Paczkowski, 73, embezzled and misappropriated $630,000 in funds that clients had entrusted him with, according to a statement from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.

He used some of that money for his own expenses and failed to report the income on his 2009 and 2010 tax returns, the statement said.

Paczkowski is scheduled to reappear in court Feb. 16, 2017, for his sentencing hearing. He faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison, one year of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.