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Lawrence physician and co-author of Atkins book indicted for tax evasion

December 19, 2012


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Mary Vernon indictment ( .PDF )

A Lawrence physician and author was charged in federal court Wednesday with five counts of tax evasion and one count of making a false statement, according to a news release from the office of U.S. District Attorney of Kansas Barry Grissom.

Mary C. Vernon, 60, is accused of failing to pay federal taxes on income she earned working as a consultant and co-author for Atkins Nutritionals Inc., founded by the creator of the Atkins Diet, Robert Atkins.

Vernon is also accused of providing false tax return documents to UMB Bank in 2009 when she applied for a loan to refinance a home she shared with another person. According to the news release, Vernon provided the bank "with documents purported to be copies of pages from federal income tax returns for herself and her partner in 2006 and 2007. In fact, she had filed no tax returns in 2006 and 2007."

Vernon co-authored a book with Atkins in 2004, called the "Atkins Diabetes Revolution." Vernon — who graduated from Kansas University School of Medicine in 1977 — is currently a family practice physician in Lawrence. She's had an active medical license in Kansas since 1978, according to state records.

Vernon, if convicted, could face up to five years in prison on each of the tax evasion charges, as well as 30 years for the providing a false statement charge.

Vernon's attorney, Floyd Finch, declined comment on the case Thursday.


Amy Heeter 5 years, 6 months ago

They may want to investigate her ex husband and the family practice too. Bet there be sine skeletons there too.

Angela Heili 5 years, 6 months ago

I'm sure there is a very good reason why he is her ex-husband. If he was in the same boat with her I wouldn't think he'd be an ex. Maybe he didn't want her skeletons in the closet to be his too.

KiferGhost 5 years, 6 months ago

Must be tough struggling on their pay.

Paula Kissinger 5 years, 6 months ago

So sad to watch someone so knowledgable in their field sink in their personal life.

comment52 5 years, 6 months ago

A brilliant physican, and a mess as a human being. You can't lie to the IRS. You can't evade your taxes. I hope she doesn't hurt the people around her, they don't deserve it. She, on the other hand, deserves whatever she gets.

workinghard 5 years, 6 months ago

No tax returns filed in 2006. The city of Lawrence paid her (MCV Unlimited) $50,000 for a temporary construction easement. Hope she doesn't forget to add that in.

Angela Heili 5 years, 6 months ago

If she does "forget" I'll bet someone else won't!

workinghard 5 years, 6 months ago

Took time to read the indictment and found this

f. falsely stating to an Internal Revenue Service employee that she received no compensation for an easement on real property in Lawrence, Kansas, that she owned and controlled; and g. signing over and depositing, or causing S.W. to deposit, into S.W.’s personal bank account, compensation defendant Vernon received pursuant to an easement on real property in Lawrence, Kansas.

Lenette Hamm 5 years, 6 months ago

Couldn't have happened to anyone more deserving...

JackMcKee 5 years, 6 months ago

Typically it's the ex that turns in their old spouse for tax evasion.

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