I helped scam people who owed taxes. It was the most dishonest time of my life.

I was desperate for a job.

Craigslist is where you find used sofas, not lawyers. But I’m desperate, so I send my résumé. Five minutes later, Nick calls to set up an interview. I put on my only suit and drive to the Hollywood office of a tax debt resolution firm. I park in the adjacent lot, hoping they validate.

There’s nowhere to sit in Nick’s office, so I stand. Nick is white-haired, with sleepy eyes and a Southern drawl. He occupies a worn green leather love seat, a newspaper...

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