A Sandy lawyer has been sentenced to two years in prison for defrauding the government and providing nearly $870,000 in bogus deductions to tax shelter investors.

Richard C. Landerman, 48, also was ordered Wednesday by U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Greene to pay a $1,000 victim assessment fee and perform 100 hours of community service during a five-year probation following the prison term.Landerman was convicted in December of one count of conspiracy and 19 counts of helping prepare false tax returns involving 10 investors living in Alaska.

He could have received a maximum sentence of five years in prison on the conspiracy charge and six years on the aiding charges, plus fines up to $600,000.

"When I first began to practice law 20 years ago, I set high ideals and standards for myself . . . " Landerman told the judge. "For a brief moment in 1983 and '84, I took my eyes off those lofty ideals and my head was turned. I take responsibility for the people I hired and what they did."

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Campbell said Landerman was trying to shift blame to subordinates.

"At this late date Mr. Landerman is still contending that this debacle was not his responsibility. But, your honor, that was not the case. It was Mr. Landerman who composed those documents," Campbell said.