- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 24, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (AP) - “Tax Lady” Roni Deutch says California Attorney General Jerry Brown is engaging in election-year politics by filing a civil lawsuit accusing her law firm of false advertising and misleading consumers.

Deutch said in a statement Tuesday she will fight the $34 million lawsuit filed a day earlier in Sacramento County Superior Court.

She says her firm has saved thousands of people tens of millions of dollars through negotiations with the Internal Revenue Service over nearly 20 years.

The suit accuses her of vastly overstating the number of delinquent taxpayers she has helped. It also alleges she ran up clients’ fees through false billings.

Deutch says she has been cooperating for several months with the investigation by Brown, the Democratic nominee for governor in November.

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