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L.A. business owner charged in property tax reassessment case [Updated]

January 26, 2010 |  4:42 pm

[For the Record, 9:59 p.m. Jan. 27: A previous version of this post stated incorrectly that McConville pleaded guilty to  misleading consumers with unsolicited mail solicitations that appeared to be coming from a government agency. His attorney, Shirley Hayton, said charges of false and misleading advertising were dismissed, along with a felony count of attempted grand theft. She said McConville pleaded guilty to breaking a law requiring that the contact information for the county assessor's office be placed on the solicitation.]

The owner of a Los Angeles tax reassessment business was sentenced to community service Tuesday after pleading guilty today to a dozen misdemeanor counts of disclosure violation for unsolicited mailing, authorities said.

Sean McConville, 29, entered his plea in Superior Court, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.

McConville, owner of Property Tax Reassessment, was charged in May after a probe by state authorities targeting businesses that charged homeowners substantial fees to fill out property tax reassessment forms, according to prosecutors.

In addition to 250 hours of community service, McConville was sentenced to three years of probation.

-- Robert J. Lopez