Prominent attorney John Karoly pleads...

Prominent attorney John Karoly pleads guilty to tax evasion

There are 186 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jul 7, 2009, titled Prominent attorney John Karoly pleads guilty to tax evasion. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

HOW CASES ARE RESOLVED The deal settles most, but not all, charges: THE CASE: Karoly failed to report $5.2 million income in 2002, 2004 and 2005.

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Ben T

Skippack, PA

#47 Jul 7, 2009
I don't care what all you naysayers are speaking, John is a good man.

Allentown, PA

#49 Jul 7, 2009
What about all the so-called "clients" that hired Karoly, paid Karoly, and then Karoly never even bothered to show up at their hearings?? Karoly took alot of money from people for legal services never rendered.
Hey Attorney Weber, how about making those folks whole????
IRS Question

Allentown, PA

#50 Jul 7, 2009
Did Karoly issue a 1099 or report on the W-2 the purchase of the car for $64,000?

If not was it a gift? Did he file a Gift Tax Return??

Maybe the IRS can collect more money!

Whitehall, PA

#51 Jul 7, 2009
I love the statement from Karoly's attorney:

"John P. Karoly Jr. accepts full responsibility for any and all errors which may have appeared in his past tax returns"

Look at that sentence! He says "Accepts full responsibility" but then goes on to call them "Errors which may have appeared in past returns...."

These weren't "errors" they were blatant attempts to avoid paying taxes. It wasn't a case of "May Have Appeared" They were there, no denying it. And they did not magically 'appear', they were submitted to the IRS after he should have reviewed the filing.

And to think, this is all related to money that he had no right earning in the first place! I mean making 3 times more from a settlement than the actual victim he represented? How did he sleep at night?
West End Resident

Allentown, PA

#52 Jul 7, 2009
I'm not happy that the alleged forgery of Peter Karoly's will case didn't go to trial - did John forge it or didn't he - I think John did, and would like to see that come out as sworn testimony in open court, instead of this contest of staetments to the media and 'spin'. But I suppose that giving up any claim to Peter's estate is proof enough of that - why would John do that, if 'his' will was valid. Well, that speaks for itself . . .

San Francisco, CA

#53 Jul 7, 2009
This works out very well for John, he can pursue the fake will through his son and recoop the money he will have to spend paying these fines from Peter's estate. This is actually a good deal for him and in the end probably saves him money. That is why he made the plea agreement. If you notice he did not admit to faking the will. Very convenient.
Possible New Truck

Emmaus, PA

#54 Jul 7, 2009
Is Rothrock Auto safe to do business with?

Lansdowne, PA

#55 Jul 7, 2009
How can you talk about prison, this man is now qualified for a Cabinet position!

Allentown, PA

#56 Jul 7, 2009
Count Dracula is guilty!!

Flagstaff, AZ

#57 Jul 7, 2009
This guy's picture is on the front page of this site every day! Doesn't Allentown have better news than this? Where is this newspaper's creativity?
George W

United States

#58 Jul 7, 2009
Fatboy and Hirko both getting what they deserve-

one riddled with bullets,

one riddled with bubbas anaconda.

Hhheeerrrrrreeeeesssss Johnny!
Bye Bye JK

Nazareth, PA

#59 Jul 7, 2009
Now who woulda thunk it! A dishonest Laywer!
So one more down but so many more to go!
Pack your soap on a rope big guy! I'm sure there are some ex-clients waiting to hove a reUNION with you!
Screwed By Karoly

Emmaus, PA

#60 Jul 7, 2009
FINALLY he gets his just dessert!

Easton, PA

#61 Jul 7, 2009
So, in other words, yes he admits tax evasion but, the forgery of his late-brother's will gets swept under the carpet. Wow, it's really good to be John Karoly, isn't it? No matter how you slice it, he's still getting away with it. Typical.

Bedminster, PA

#62 Jul 7, 2009
my opinion wrote:
Look at the whole picture here. He admitted that he was guilty of tax fraud. I think most every wealthy individual is somewhat guilty of this.Lets face it the Government hates when you steal from then they just don't like the competition. However every case he tried againt the police departments and the cities were legit.Which tells us abouit the corupt ways of the city and the some police officers. There are still more Lawyers available to fill his shoe's against the police department and keeping them in check.So because Karoly is gone .His sons are still free and cleared of everything as is Eric Dodle.All very good Attorney's.So you all can bash John all you want. His personal life is his and he will be held accountable for that . But everything he did to keep the cities and the police in check . I commend him for
Those were civil settlements not criminal, the police were not charged criminaly!!
bizarro world

Allentown, PA

#63 Jul 7, 2009
Hindsight wrote:
Greed. Hubris. Bad combination. At least he did not throw his son into the volcano as a sacrifice. But his son should also learn a really important lesson from this story.
And the lesson is: "Cover your tracks better."

Glenolden, PA

#64 Jul 7, 2009
George W wrote:
Fatboy and Hirko both getting what they deserve-
one riddled with bullets,
one riddled with bubbas anaconda.
Hhheeerrrrrreeeeesssss Johnny!
And the $10 Million the Bethlehem taxpayers had to shell out for the BPD's incompetent 'COPS' impression? Did they 'deserve' it?

Bedminster, PA

#65 Jul 7, 2009
High School Harry wrote:
Say what you want about John, but I was happy to learn that the charges were dropped against JP. I knew in the end John would give up the fight to save his son. As someone who has known him since he was a little kid and who babysat him and his brother, I can honestly tell you that somehow he turned out to be a good person. It was definitely his mother's influence.
I guess you have not seen him in a while. He uses daddy's name to get out of trouble!

Bethlehem, PA

#66 Jul 7, 2009
Possible New Truck wrote:
Is Rothrock Auto safe to do business with?
Yes. Bruce just gave him a loan. I will still buy my vehicles over there (as long as they keep giving me good deals)


Since: Mar 07

Allentown, Pa.

#67 Jul 7, 2009
There are TWO sides to every story, we only have one!

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