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Lawrence physician convicted on federal tax evasion charges

March 28, 2014, 2:19 p.m. Updated March 28, 2014, 3:42 p.m.

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An obesity specialist who co-authored a book with the late Dr. Robert Atkins has been convicted of evading federal income taxes.

The U.S. Attorney's office says that 61-year-old Dr. Mary C. Vernon, of Lawrence, was found guilty of five counts of tax evasion Friday by a federal jury in Kansas City, Kan.

Vernon practiced medicine in Lawrence and Shawnee. Prosecutors said she earned nearly $800,000 for services to Atkins' nutrition and weight-loss companies from 2003 to 2008.

She and Atkins co-wrote "Atkins Diabetes Revolution," which was published in 2004. She also served as a medical director for nursing homes.

Prosecutors said Vernon avoided paying income taxes from 2004 through 2008. The conviction carries maximum penalties of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.

Comments

Paula Kissinger 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Watching her life and career deteriorate over the past several years has been heartbreaking to me. She was always a superb physician.

Matthew Herbert 8 months, 3 weeks ago

If only she had taken a gun to someone's house and shot someone, she could have avoided jail in Lawrence!

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