A Santa Monica lawyer who helped obstruct two separate investigations into a $22 million investment scheme was sentenced Monday to 84 months in federal prison.

Attorney David Tamman, former partner at the Nixon Peabody law firm, was found guilty last year on 10 counts that included obstruction of justice, altering records in a federal investigation and being an accessory after the fact to fraud.

“Despite being a highly educated lawyer, defendant David Tamman has displayed a remarkable disrespect for the law and the legal system over the course of almost a decade,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing brief.

Tamman conspired with former investment fund manager John Farahi to alter documents, which resulted in the closure of a 2004 investigation, prosecutors said.

In 2009, Tamman again altered documents in response to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation, then went on to obstruct the grand jury’s investigation of his own crimes two years later.

“Today, justice was served for Tamman’s attempted massive cover-up of John Farahi’s multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme,” said Christy Romero of the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

“As Farahi’s attorney, Tamman was Farahi’s enabler, falsifying and backdating business documents to hide the fraud, and as a result, Tamman will spend the next seven years in federal prison.”


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