ORANGE COUNTY LAWYER CHARGED WITH 24 FELONY COUNTS FOR STEALING FROM HIS CLIENTS AND FAILING TO PAY TAXES

OCDASeal

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
June 17th, 2004
Contact:Mark Macaulay
(714) 347-8405 (O)
(714) 323-4486 (C)

Santa Ana – Eric Monroe St. John, 54, of Huntington Beach has been charged with 24 felony counts for stealing $641,000 from three clients and failing to pay $102,911 to the California Franchise Tax Board.  The charges stem from St. John’s law practice and include three counts of grand theft, 18 counts of forgery and three counts of failing to file state tax returns.  St. John’s wife Diana, 56, is also charged with three counts of failing to file state tax returns.

A joint investigation by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the California Franchise Tax Board led to the arrests of the St. Johns at their home in Huntington Harbor on Wednesday, June 16, 2004. The California Franchise Tax Board estimates that the St. Johns failed to pay taxes on more than $1.2 million in income for the years 2000-2002. The total loss to St. John’s clients along with the taxes and fines owed to the Tax Board total $848,000.

Eric St. John is set for arraignment at 9 a.m. on July 2, 2004, in department C55 of the Central Justice Center, 700 Civic Center Drive W., Santa Ana, CA 92701. Diana St. John is set for arraignment on July 14, 2004, at the same location. Deputy District Attorney Ken Chinn in the Economic Crimes unit has been assigned to prosecute this case. The contact for the California Franchise Tax Board is Barry Gilbert at 818-908-6615.