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Tax Cheat Must Perform Free Services

A Rolling Hills plastic surgeon who was jailed earlier this year for failing to pay more than half a million dollars in federal taxes has been ordered by the Medical Board of California to perform free medical service and complete an ethics course to keep his medical credentials.

Dr. Lawrence A. Saks, 40, who has served six months in federal custody on the tax evasion charges, was placed on probation for five years by the medical board but did not lose his state license, board spokeswoman Janie Cordray said.

Saks, known for his slick advertisements and successful practice, pleaded guilty last December to charges that he evaded more than $665,000 in taxes by cashing the checks of his patients rather than depositing them in a business bank account. He was ordered to pay the back taxes, along with a $200,000 fine and more than $1.1 million in interest and penalties. Saks has offices in Torrance and San Pedro.


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