- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A northeastern Pennsylvania attorney who once served as a court-appointed children’s advocate has been sentenced to a year in prison on tax charges.

Thirty-seven-year-old Danielle Ross pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return. She was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Wilkes-Barre.

Prosecutors say Ross failed to report income she received from clients while acting as Lackawanna County’s guardian ad litem in custody cases.

Under state law, a guardian may be appointed to represent the best interests of a child in family court and make recommendations about custody to a judge.

Parents complained that Ross, who had been Lackawanna County’s sole guardian since 2008, trampled on their rights and billed them for services they didn’t want or need.

She was removed from her post after being charged.

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