Baton Rouge lawyer, Southern Board of Sups member Walter Dumas surrenders law license amid investigations _lowres

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- Walter Dumas

Walter C. Dumas, a former Southern University Board of Supervisors member who permanently surrendered his law license this week amid a probe into what the state’s top court called serious attorney misconduct, also is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, federal court documents show.

U.S. District Judge James Brady on Tuesday ordered Dumas, 71, to comply with three IRS summonses that date back to last April and seek tax records for Dumas personally and for Dumas Law Firm LLC.

One summons seeks the production of his law firm records for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 tax years.

A second summons requests Dumas’ personal federal income tax liability documents for 2005 through 2008.

The third summons seeks records for his personal federal income tax liability for 2010 through 2013, according to a petition filed Jan. 21 by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Gaupp in Baton Rouge federal court.

The petition says Dumas met with IRS officer Brent Schouest in May and June but failed to produce the records.

In a March 24 answer to the petition, Dumas — who was representing himself — did not contest those allegations.

“Walter C. Dumas has not been able to locate or recreate accurate records, and … did not want to produce inaccurate records,” he wrote, noting he was working to produce the documents.

Dumas added it “was not, and it will never be” his intention to fail to comply with any government summons.

Gaupp and Dumas filed a joint motion Tuesday for entry of a court order directing Dumas’ compliance with the IRS summonses, and Brady signed it the same day. The order directs Dumas to appear at the local IRS office April 14 and again on June 1.

The Louisiana Supreme Court, which suspended Dumas for two years in February for his misconduct and negligence involving a client’s funds in a succession, on Monday accepted Dumas’ petition for permanent resignation in lieu of discipline.

The high court indicated Dumas was the subject of another Office of Disciplinary Counsel investigation into allegations he “committed serious attorney misconduct, the most significant of which involves his conversion of client and third-party funds.”

Dumas also was suspended for a year in 2002 for commingling client and third-party funds.