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K Street Files: Edwina Rogers Suing Ex-Accountant

Edwina Rogers, the ex-wife of BGR lobbyist Ed Rogers, has filed a lawsuit against the couple’s former accountant, alleging breach of contract, professional negligence and infliction of emotional distress, according to recently filed court documents.

The defendants are identified as Jon Deane and his firm, Gaffey Deane Talley PLC, according to the filing in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

She is seeking compensatory damages of “not more than $15 million,” punitive damages of $350,000, attorneys fees and court costs, plus past and future pecuniary damages. She did not name her former husband as a defendant in the suit.

“When it appeared his marriage to [Edwina Rogers] was over, Mr. Rogers turned against his wife, the mother of his two children,” the complaint stated.

The accountant “diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars in credits and tax deductions into Mr. Rogers’ tax returns, and diverted the tax liabilities, including penalties and interest, into Plaintiff tax returns, all while Plaintiff was relying on Mr. Deane’s professional relationship with her to protect her from such consequence,” according to the complaint.

Edwina Rogers, who is executive director of the Secular Coalition of America, and Ed Rogers were divorced on Sept. 17, the court documents state. The complaint also said Ed Rogers vowed to “destroy” Edwina Rogers “if she ever filed for divorce, even though they had been living separate lives for several years.”

The complaint alleges further that the accountant concealed from Edwina Rogers the former K Street power couple’s 2009 tax filing. Then, it added, “Mr. Deane conspired with Mr. Rogers to take all tax credits, deductions, tax refund and the two minor children for Mr. Rogers’ tax return in May 2010,” leaving Edwina Rogers with “none of the credits or deductions, but with all of the tax liability of the household employees.”

Deane did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment. The complaint was filed by Steven Gremminger of the Gremminger Law Firm in Washington.

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