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New Iberia Attorneys Suspended After Pleading Guilty Of Not Filing Federal Tax Returns

Jun 24, 2019 02:37PM ● By Staff Writer

According to a report by the Louisiana Record, a former team of New Iberia Attorneys, now ex-wife-and-husband Lucretia Patrice Pecantte and Lynden James Burton have been more definitely suspended following separate June 17 Louisiana Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding and their 2017 guilty pleas to willfully failing to file federal tax returns.

The state court issued its disciplinary proceedings suspending both for two years, retroactive to their Sept. 22, 2017, interim suspensions. The court also ordered both attorneys to pay all costs and expenses in the matter.

The court's disciplinary proceedings followed separate joint petitions for consent discipline reached between both attorneys and the office of disciplinary counsel. The joint petitions followed formal charges filed against both attorneys by the office of disciplinary counsel.

According to their separate profiles on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s website, the couple reportedly once practiced together but their profiles list separate law office addresses with Burton's listed as Lynden J. Burton and Associates and Pecantte's as Lucretia Pecantte & Associates, both in New Iberia.

In March 2017, both pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for Louisiana's Western District to willfully failing to file individual income tax returns for the tax years 2007, 2008 and 2009 according to a U.S. DOJ press release. 

At the time, the two attorneys were partners in the law firm of Pecantte-Burton & Burton in New Iberia.

Sources: Louisiana Record, Louisiana Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for Louisiana's Western District news releases, docs and reports.