KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas obesity specialist who co-authored a book with the late Dr. Robert Atkins has been convicted of evading federal income taxes.
The U.S. Attorney's office says that 61-year-old Dr. Mary C. Vernon, of Lawrence, was found guilty of five counts of tax evasion Friday by a federal jury in Kansas City, Kan.
Vernon practiced medicine in Lawrence and Shawnee. Prosecutors said she earned nearly $800,000 for services to Atkins' nutrition and weight-loss companies from 2003 to 2008.
She and Atkins co-wrote "Atkins Diabetes Revolution," which was published in 2004. She also served as a medical director for nursing homes.
Prosecutors said Vernon avoided paying income taxes from 2004 through 2008. The conviction carries maximum penalties of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.