A Florida attorney accused of lying about his business dealings to the IRS is pleading not guilty to four felony counts of perjury and two misdemeanor counts of defraying the expenses of a government employee.
In court documents filed Monday, John R. Fonseca says he’s not a “crook” and he’ll plead not guilty.
Fondas lawyers had asked for a sentence of five years in prison.
“I’m trying to keep this as short as possible,” Fonsca said in an interview.
Fonscas defense attorneys have said they believe the money was misappropriated from the IRS and will ask the court to consider leniency.
The attorney has told the court he was fired after making false statements to the agency.
Fons lawyers said in court documents that FonSca made up the story because he feared for his life.
Fondas attorneys had requested a sentence in the range of five to 10 years in jail.