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Lawyer sentenced for helping Phoenix businessmen in tax-fraud case

PHOENIX — A California attorney who pleaded guilty to helping two Phoenix
businessmen hide millions of dollars in Swiss bank accounts has been
sentenced to 10 months in prison.

Federal prosecutors said Christopher M. Rusch, of Los Angeles, was sentenced
Tuesday for one count of conspiracy to defraud the government and failing to
file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts.

Authorities said he was hired by Stephen M. Kerr and Michael Quiel to sell more
than 11 million shares of stock held in the name of a foreign entity controlled
by Kerr.

Prosecutors said Rusch then transferred money into hidden accounts and that he assisted Kerr and Quiel in failing to report more than $6 million
in income in 2007 and 2008.

Kerr and Quiel were sentenced last June.


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