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Psychiatrist could get prison for tax evasion
July 8, 2016

Psychiatrist Sandra Vonderembse

Psychiatrist Sandra Vonderembse

A former Oregon psychiatrist pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to attempted tax evasion for failing to report her income or pay taxes for seven years.

Sandra Vonderembse, 65, of Defiance faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a restitution order when she is sentenced Nov. 1 by Judge Jeffrey Helmick.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Noah Hood said Vonderembse was a psychiatrist for several businesses and the state of Ohio between 2005 and 2011 but concealed her income, which averaged $250,000 a year, by having checks sent to other entities, such as a family trust.

A plea agreement calls for her to pay $565,128 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service, which represents her unpaid tax bill from 2005 to 2011 plus interest on the debt, he said.

After accepting her guilty plea, Judge Helmick allowed her to remain free on bond until sentencing.