28 Apr 2011

Marshalls AG charges American lawyer with tax evasion

1:39 pm on 28 April 2011

An American lawyer who has worked in the Micronesia area since the 1970s has been charged with tax evasion by the Marshall Islands Attorney General's office.

The Prosecutor, Jack Jorbon, revised a tax-related criminal case against David Lowe, reducing the number of charges from 153 to 86.

However, he added a new charge that aims to prevent Mr Lowe from practicing law in the Marshall Islands.

Mr Lowe, who is based in California, is the lawyer of a former Marshall Islands President and paramount chief Imata Kabua.

He has also represented many high-profile clients in the Marshalls when he was a public defender during the US administration of the Micronesia area when it was a Trust Territory.

Mr Lowe is alleged to have paid no Marshall Islands taxes from 2005 to 2011.