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Hugh Leslie Baras Berkeley psychologist sentenced in tax evasion

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A Berkeley man was sentenced today to more than two years in prison for tax evasion and theft of government property, prosecutors said. Hugh Leslie Baras, 70, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $593,513 to the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration, according to United States Attorney Melinda Haag and IRS agent Jose Martinez. Baras, a Berkeley psychologist, was convicted Feb. 3 of five counts of tax evasion and one count of theft of government property.

Prosecutors said Baras worked at Stanford University School of Medicine when he started a private practice in Palo Alto in 2002. Prosecutors said Baras omitted all of the income produced by this practice from 2005 to 2009 and collected disability insurance from the Social Security Administration despite earning a substantial income. The payments totaled $80,615. Prosecutors also said Baras sold nearly $600,000 worth of gold and silver coins to a broker in Oakland during this period, but he failed to report the capital gains on his tax returns.

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