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  • Bank Of America still promoting ACORN offices across the country (and La Raza) on its website

    09/22/2009 4:42:57 PM PDT · by Brugmansian · 19 replies · 1,125+ views
    Bank of America ^ | Sept 22 2009 | self
    Bank of America is even still referring people to the ACORN offices caught on tape. A sample from the banks' website: Local Home Ownership Programs We work with local and national organizations to bring potential homebuyers education and financial resources to obtain a mortgage. Phoenix * ACORN. Bank of America works with Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) Housing to provide special mortgage products to potential homeowners in Phoenix. For more information, call ACORN's Phoenix office at 1.602.253.1111 or visit the website at * NCLR. Bank of America works with National Council of La Raza (NCLR) to...
  • The Case for ACORN as a Criminal Enterprise

    09/22/2009 10:31:25 AM PDT · by freespirited · 11 replies · 1,330+ views
    US News ^ | Peter Roff
    It now looks very much like there was a lot more truth to the criticisms about ACORNthe Association of Community Organizers for Reform Nowthan its leadership, its allies on Capitol Hill and its supporters in the media were willing to acknowledge.... This latest round of problems for ACORN may be the best documented, but they are not the first nor, for that matter, are they the most serious. A report issued last summer by the Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, according to Sunday's Washington Times, "presented evidence that ACORN had engaged in criminal misconduct." Among the...
  • IRS severs ties with ACORN over scandal

    09/23/2009 12:56:53 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 60 replies · 2,140+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 23, 2009 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS says it is severing ties with ACORN, the community activist group involved in a scandal after employees were caught on video giving advice to a couple posing as a prostitute and pimp. The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday it would no longer include ACORN in its volunteer tax assistance program. The program offered free tax advice to about 3 million low- and moderate-income tax filers this spring
  • EDITORIAL: ACORN keeps falling--Vote fraud, then prostitution sponsorship, now tax avoidance

    09/23/2009 9:41:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies · 1,198+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 23, 2009 | Editorial
    As scandals concerning the left-wing "community" group ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) continue to metastasize, the organization seems to think it can handpick allies to "investigate" its own transgressions. Fortunately for the rest of us, the growth of independent writers and researchers using modern communications means there are plenty of other outfits that can and will expose corruption. Case in point: The Pelican Institute think tank in New Orleans keeps unearthing examples of federal and state tax liens against ACORN's national headquarters in the Crescent City. The institute's indefatigable research broke into national attention yesterday via a...
  • Time for IRS to review all ACORN-prepared tax filings

    09/13/2009 11:39:01 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 23 replies · 894+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 9/13/09 | clarice feldman
    Clarice Feldman The federal government should review all tax returns prepared by ACORN tax preparers (and all loan applications prepared by ACORN -- but that is a separate review process). That the IRS knows who these people are is suggested by this article, which I suppose was repeated throughout the country: ... ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) Tax and Benefits Centers in Hartford and Bridgeport are ready to assist CT Taxpayers. ACORN has partnered with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Preparation (VITA) program to provide free tax preparation for low and moderate income taxpayers who cannot afford...
  • Why Pelosi is Supporting Charlie Rangel

    09/05/2009 9:48:35 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 7 replies · 540+ views
    Politico/The Lid ^ | 9/6/09 | The Lid
    Remember when Nancy Pelosi made that famous promise? "This will be the most ethical congress ever." Despite all the evidence that Rangel should be taking a "perp walk" rather than the position of Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Pelosi says she is waiting for the House Ethics Committee to complete its wide-ranging investigation before she makes a decision about Rangel..Why is Pelosi supporting Charlie Rangel and ignoring the volume of evidence against him? Its not because of any long standing friendship of loyalty, its because she needs to protect her own political butt:
  • Building Pressure On Charlie Rangel to Resign Chairmanship

    09/04/2009 10:32:41 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 7 replies · 401+ views
    Roll Call/The Lid ^ | 9/4/09 | The Lid
    Remember that promise made by Nancy Pelosi? "This will be the most ethical congress ever." There are many examples of how that was an empty promise, the latest of which is her support of Charlie Rangel. Despite all the evidence that Rangel should be taking a "perp walk" rather than the position of Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Pelosi says she is waiting for the House Ethics Committee to complete its wide-ranging investigation before she makes a decision about Rangel. Others are Not waiting. Today the left wing newspaper, The Washington Post repeated its call for...
  • 11 Charged in Massive Scheme to File Fraudulent Tax Returns With Stolen Puerto Rican Identities

    07/01/2009 1:42:12 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 6 replies · 767+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | June 30, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office Southern District of New York
    LEV L. DASSIN, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, PATRICIA J. HAYNES, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division ("IRSCID"), JOSEPH M. DEMAREST, JR., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), RONALD J. VERROCHIO, the Inspector-in- Charge of the New York Office of the United States Postal Inspection Service ("USPIS"), and JAMIE WOODWARD, the Acting Commissioner of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance ("NYSDTF"), announced the unsealing of a four-count Indictment charging...
  • Leader of D.C. Property Tax Refund Fraud Scheme Sentenced to 17 Years

    07/01/2009 1:35:53 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 6 replies · 565+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | June 30, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office District of Columbia
    WASHINGTON, D.C.Harriette Monica Walters, 52, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced this morning in federal court to 17 years, six months of incarceration for her eighteen-year-long, $48 million fraud scheme at the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Channing D. Phillips, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein, Joseph Persichini, Jr., Assistant Director in Charge of the FBIs Washington Field Office, Charles Willoughby, Inspector General for the District of Columbia, Special Agent in Charge C. Andre' Martin of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, J. Russell George,...
  • Additional Bad Ethics News For Charlie Rangel

    06/25/2009 10:37:24 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 9 replies · 424+ views
    Politico/The Lid ^ | 6/25/09 | The Lid
    Maybe when City College of NY is done building Charlie Rangel's favorite Pork project, the $1.95 million, federal earmark funded Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service one of the first courses they could teach is "Playing Fast and Loose with Ethics 101." This past year, has not been kind to Congressmen Charlie Rangel. In September he admitted a failure to report $75 thousand in taxes. Rangel is the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, they write the tax law. You would think that he would be extra-careful to make sure that he would follow the tax law....
  • In the Coachella Valley, hope withers on the vine (Mega Barf Alert!)

    06/23/2009 7:19:32 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 20 replies · 941+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 06/23/09 | Mike Anton
    Reporting from Mecca, Calif. -- An hour before dawn in the camp of last resort. Dozens of men and a few women are asleep in the beds of pickup trucks, in the back seats of cars or on flattened cardboard boxes in the dirt behind the Toro Loco market. The air is cool, but the terrible sun is close at hand. Martin Zavala is wrapped in a blanket, his head resting on a Scooby-Doo pillow, a pack of Marlboros under his neck. Thieves prowl at night and will snatch what is not secured. Drunks and meth-addled tweakers tease the dozing...
  • Former Image Entry Inc. VP Pleads Guilty to Securities and Wire Fraud Conspiracy, Tax Evasion

    05/16/2009 7:02:22 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 1 replies · 291+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | May 15, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office Northern District of Texas
    Michael Wayne Sulfridge, a resident of Union Grove, Alabama and former vice president of corporate finance at Image Entry, Inc. (Image Entry), pleaded guilty today to fraud and tax evasion charges stemming from the companys 2001 acquisition by Sourcecorp, Inc. (Sourcecorp), Assistant Attorney of the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Tax Division John A. DiCicco and U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas announced. Sulfridge, 44, pleaded guilty to a two-count criminal information charging him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and securities fraud, as well as tax evasion. According...
  • Former Globetel Communications, Inc. Chief Financial Officer Sentenced in Tax Fraud Scheme

    05/11/2009 9:37:21 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 1 replies · 212+ views
    Department of Justice-Miami ^ | May 8, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office Southern District of Florida
    R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Daniel W. Auer, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, and Jonathan I. Solomon, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that defendant Thomas Y. Jimenez, 50, of Plantation, FL, was sentenced today to 36 months imprisonment, to be followed by one year of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $587,876.52 in restitution. The sentence followed his January 2009 plea to a one count Information charging him with obstructing and impeding the due administration of the tax laws, in violation of Title...
  • Nassau County Legislator(RAT)Filing False Tax Returns

    05/06/2009 3:05:17 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 1 replies · 286+ views
    United States Attorney's Office Eastern District of New York ^ | May 6, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office Eastern District of New York
    Roger Corbin, a Nassau County Legislator representing the Second Legislative District, was arrested today pursuant to a federal complaint charging him with filing false federal tax returns and making false statements to Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service. The defendants initial appearance is scheduled later today before United States Magistrate Arlene R. Lindsay at the U.S. Courthouse, 100 Federal Plaza, Central Islip, New York. The charges were announced by Benton J. Campbell, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Joseph M. Demarest, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),...
  • Abuse Rampant in Fraudulent Tax Returns: (Illegals Fraudulently Collecting EITC)

    04/17/2009 11:46:05 AM PDT · by freespirited · 34 replies · 732+ views
    D.C. Examiner ^ | 04/09/09
    Abuse is rampant in the collection of fraudulent income tax refunds from the IRS, especially by illegal immigrants -- according to a new report to be released by the Social Contract Press on April 14. The 51-page report, The Earned Income Tax Credit and Illegal Immigration: A Study in Fraud, Abuse, and Liberal Activism, by financial analyst and economist Edwin Rubenstein, will be released at a News Conference at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at the National Press Club (529 14th St., NW, 13th floor) in Washington, D.C. "The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the largest anti-poverty...
  • Voros: California tax refunds not a priority

    03/03/2009 4:45:28 PM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies · 754+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 3/3/9 | Drew Voros, business editor
    <p>The economic earthquake rocking the country is allowing plenty of dirty little secrets to seep out in a way that a robust economy would not have.</p> <p>There's Bernie Madoff (as in ``Bernie made off'' with my money); billion-dollar bonuses for bailed-out bankers racking up billions in losses (Merrill(ly) Lynch); Northern Trust(me) of Chicago using some of its $1.5 billion in bailout money for PGA golf tournaments and Sheryl Crow; well, you get the idea, and that's just the low-hanging fruit.</p>
  • Dan Walters: California politicos try to fix election via ballot title

    03/03/2009 10:01:45 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 584+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/3/9 | Dan Walters
    When someone proposes an initiative ballot measure, the attorney general gives it an official title and summary. There's always been much political angst, as well as legal wrangling, over the wording of controversial issues. . . . When the Legislature places a measure on the ballot, however, it often bypasses the attorney general by specifying the ballot title and even indirectly designating those who write ballot pamphlet arguments. In other words, the Legislature, in league with the governor, tries to fix the election by fixing how measures are portrayed. Cases in point are the six measures that the Legislature and...
  • Senate Roll Call #15, (Confirmation Timothy F. Geithner to be Secretary of the Treasury )

    01/27/2009 3:29:33 AM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies · 1,558+ views
    Thomas ^ | 1/26/2009 | Clerk of the Senate
    Akaka (D-HI), YeaAlexander (R-TN), NayBarrasso (R-WY), NayBaucus (D-MT), Yea Bayh (D-IN), YeaBegich (D-AK), YeaBennet (D-CO), YeaBennett (R-UT), NayBingaman (D-NM), Yea Bond (R-MO), Not VotingBoxer (D-CA), YeaBrown (D-OH), Not VotingBrownback (R-KS), NayBunning (R-KY), Nay Burr (R-NC), NayBurris (D-IL), YeaByrd (D-WV), NayCantwell (D-WA), YeaCardin (D-MD), Yea Carper (D-DE), YeaCasey (D-PA), YeaChambliss (R-GA), NayCoburn (R-OK), NayCochran (R-MS), Nay Collins (R-ME), NayConrad (D-ND), YeaCorker (R-TN), YeaCornyn (R-TX), YeaCrapo (R-ID), Yea DeMint (R-SC), NayDodd (D-CT), YeaDorgan (D-ND), YeaDurbin (D-IL), Yea Ensign (R-NV), Yea Enzi (R-WY), NayFeingold (D-WI), NayFeinstein (D-CA), YeaGraham (R-SC), YeaGrassley (R-IA), Nay Gregg (R-NH), YeaHagan (D-NC), YeaHarkin (D-IA), NayHatch (R-UT), YeaHutchison (R-TX),...
  • Senators Now Debating Treasury Nominee - Live feed.

    01/26/2009 2:34:29 PM PST · by Jean S · 41 replies · 1,884+ views
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  • ACORN Owes Millions in Taxes

    10/27/2008 9:59:20 PM PDT · by pissant · 17 replies · 791+ views
    Townhall ^ | 10/28/08 | Amanda Carpenter
    An intrepid researcher has discovered more than 200 tax liens totaling more than $3.7 million have been filed by the government against the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now for unpaid taxes since the late eighties. A tax lien is issued when a person or organization fails to pay taxes and that tax debt is considered seriously delinquent. A lien is only issued after the government makes several unsuccessful attempts to collect the debt. The conservative-leaning Capital Research Centers Matthew Vadum found a staggering number of liens listed against ACORNs national headquarters at 1024 Elysian Fields Avenue in New...
  • Source: Rangel won't step down from chairmanship

    09/16/2008 10:40:20 AM PDT · by SmithL · 33 replies · 135+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 9/16/8 | DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- The Associated Press has learned that Charles Rangel will not step down as chairman of the powerful House Ways & Means Committee.
  • Rangel says he won't quit House panel over tax dispute (OK,let's just remove him from office!)

    09/10/2008 2:10:33 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 15 replies · 99+ views
    CNN ^ | September 10, 2008
    Rep. Charles Rangel, a New York Democrat, said Wednesday he will not step down as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee in the face of a call from the Republican leader in the House for him to do so. Rep. Charles Rangel says he will pay back taxes on rental property he owns in the Dominican Republic. Rangel has been under fire for failing to report income from a rental property he owns in the Dominican Republic. He admitted Tuesday he had not paid tax on the income, but said it was a mistake and he will...
  • Former IRS Employee Sued for Tax Scam ($850K lost)

    09/06/2008 3:09:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 201+ views
    WebCPA ^ | 09/05/08
    Former IRS Employee Sued for Tax Scam Chicago (Sept. 5, 2008) By WebCPA staff | The Justice Department has accused a former Internal Revenue Service secretary of cheating her tax prep clients and the government out of approximately $850,000. The government filed suit in a federal district court in Chicago seeking a permanent injunction against Debra Windham to prevent her from preparing tax returns from others. Windham, who prepares returns under the business name Special Circumstances, allegedly claimed false deductions for her clients and then applied without their knowledge for refund anticipation loans in their names.
  • An Open Letter to Barack Obama [Obama gets his church into trouble with the IRS]

    04/09/2008 1:18:45 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 10 replies · 238+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 3/4/08 | Jeffrey Lord
    Dear Senator Obama: Our common denomination, the United Church of Christ, has a suddenly serious legal and financial problem with the Internal Revenue Service. You, personally, are the cause of this problem. Candidly? I think you owe it to those of us who are your fellow congregants to help repair the damage that you have done. ...UNSURPRISINGLY, ALL OF THIS resulted in a complaint being filed with the IRS following your presentation. In addition to your speech and the stories featured by the UCC's own website, the complaint cites numerous media accounts describing your appearance as a campaign event. This...
  • German tax scandal informer says life in danger

    03/09/2008 9:43:08 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 5 replies · 575+ views ^ | 03092008 | AFP
    An informant who provided German authorities with data from a Liechtenstein bank that sparked a massive tax fraud probe has said his life is threatened, two news magazines are to report Monday. "You are putting my life in danger," Heinrich Kieber wrote to German intelligence services, according to German weekly Focus in an article released in advance of publication over the weekend. The informant has blamed the intelligence services for not keeping his identity secret and asked them to provide him with a new identity so that he can relocate to South America. His request has been refused, Focus reported....
  • Wesley Snipes Could Face Wrath of IRS (possibly 16-year in jail?)

    01/16/2008 3:08:55 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies · 375+ views
    Fox ^ | 01/15/08
    MIAMI Hot-shot action hero Wesley Snipes faces losing his movie fortune and possibly a lengthy prison stay for his failure to pay income taxes for the years 1999-2004, according to legal experts. The star of such films as the Blade trilogy and director Spike Lees Jungle Fever is charged in an Ocala, Fla., court with conspiring to defraud the U.S. government, filing a false claim for $11 million in refunds for the years 1996 and 1997 and for not filing tax returns for six years beginning in 1999. The first two charges are considered felony offenses for which the...
  • Scandalous $10 Million Bat Mitzvah (David Brooks of DHB Industries Arrested for Embezzling...)

    10/28/2007 2:49:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 49 replies · 1,110+ views
    ABC News ^ | Oct. 27, 2007 | ABC News
    Scandalous $10 Million Bat Mitzvah David Brooks of DHB Industries Arrested for Embezzling Company Funds Oct. 27, 2007 The headliners read like a who's who of music: Aerosmith, 50 Cent and Don Henley of the Eagles. No, it wasn't the Grammys, it was 13-year-old Elizabeth Brooks' birthday party -- a $10 million mega bat mitzvah. Aerosmith alone was paid a $1 million to perform -- flown in on her father's company jet. Her father is David Brooks, who was then the CEO of DHB Industries, the leading body armor provider to U.S. soliders in Iraq. And he had his...
  • Trouble followed three of Clintons midnight pardons

    08/09/2007 5:06:28 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 9 replies · 954+ views
    The Hill ^ | 8/9/07 | Patrick Fitzgerald and Ilan Wurman
    At least three individuals pardoned by President Clinton during his last minutes in office have run into further trouble with the government. But despite the recent brouhaha over President Bushs commutation of the prison sentence of I. Lewis Scooter Libby and the controversy surrounding Clintons midnight pardons, Congress has shown little appetite for making substantial changes to the executive branchs clemency power. While some lawmakers over the last decade have called for changes to the pardon system, the few bills proposed have not come close to becoming law. Financier Marc Rich, businessman Almon Glenn Braswell and Roger Clinton Jr., the...
  • Congressmen Urge U.S. Catholic Bishops To Intervene On Iraq War

    07/04/2007 7:26:33 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 18 replies · 366+ views ^ | July 4, 2007 | DAVID LIGHTMAN
    WASHINGTON - Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro and 13 other Catholic members of Congress released a letter Tuesday calling on Catholic bishops to help end the war in Iraq. "As Catholic members of Congress, we stand in unison with the Catholic Church in opposition to the war in Iraq," the Democratic 3rd District congresswoman said in a statement. "Yet to attain the ideal of peace, we must not only speak the words, we must take action." As a result, she and her colleagues sent a letter to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, or USCCB, urging it to "mobilize Catholic opinion...
  • Illegal Immigrants Steal Social Securities Of Elderly, Dead

    06/13/2007 1:34:56 PM PDT · by radar101 · 171 replies · 2,286+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | 13 JUNE 2007 | Tom Fitton
    The favorable portrait of honest and hard-working illegal immigrants who simply want to feed their families was shattered when federal agents arrested dozens of undocumented workers using dead and elderly Americans Social Security numbers along with previously deported criminals at an Oregon food processing plant. More than 165 undocumented workers were arrested in the raid at a major Portland fruit and vegetable processing plant for food giant Del Monte. At least 90 employees had fraudulent Social Security cards and many used the real Social Securities of juveniles, the elderly and the deceased. Others had fake green, or residency, cards and...
  • Immigration bill: Go ahead--break the law! Who cares?

    06/05/2007 8:31:10 AM PDT · by AuntB · 84 replies · 1,562+ views
    Renew America ^ | June 4, 2007 | Wes Vernon
    Imagine all the money we've wasted putting bank robbers behind bars. After all, they just "wanted a better life." How else are they going to feed their families if we don't let them rob banks one of those "jobs [other] Americans won't do." The Senate immigration bill is a threat to the rule of law. But then Washington's scofflaw approach to immigration for over 40 years has made a total mockery of "the law." Oooooh! Stop scaring people President Bush has accused conservatives of "scaring" people merely by pointing to the many flaws in his immigration proposal. Not satisfied...
  • War protesters tired of group's blunders, gripes

    04/08/2007 7:58:28 AM PDT · by Lady J USA 1981 · 18 replies · 870+ views ^ | April 8, 2007 | Angella K. Brown
    War protesters tired of group's blunders, gripes Sunday, April 08, 2007 Angella K. Brown Associated Press Crawford, Texas -- With allegations of money mismanagement, threats of court action and some members leaving, a group that has sponsored war protests in President Bush's adopted hometown has been anything but peaceful. The Crawford Peace House recently lost its corporate charter with the state, and a former member who has rights to the name is threatening legal action because the group continues operating. Sara L. Oliver and some others are calling for a state investigation as to why only $14,700 is now in...
  • Jesse Jackson on Saddam Hussein Headlines

    12/30/2006 4:23:53 AM PST · by Saint Reagan · 35 replies · 1,560+ views
    30 Dec 2006 | St. Reagan
    Anyone who thinks our enemies aren't aware of what goes on at home has his head completely in the sand. This is further evidenced by Al-Jazeera's front page story today. جيسي جاكسون: صدام كان مجرما لكنه كان حليفنا أيضا The literal translation is:Jesse Jackson: Saddam Hussein was an evil man, but he was also our allyThink about that for a minute. Arab news doesn't even feel the need to explain who the hell Jesse Jackson is. They're that aware of our internal politics. Furthermore, this makes their front page story!! It would be nice if one day, we as a...
  • Federal Court orders halt to internet-based tax-fraud scheme

    12/05/2006 6:29:02 PM PST · by Central Scrutiniser · 12 replies · 662+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | 12-04-06 | N/A
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2006 WWW.USDOJ.GOV TAX (202) 514-2007 TDD (202) 514-1888 FEDERAL COURT ORDERS HALT TO INTERNET-BASED TAX-FRAUD SCHEME Maryland Man Operated Frivolous Letter-Generating Complex WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal court in Baltimore has permanently barred John Baptist Kotmair, Jr., of Westminster, Md., and his organization, Save-a-Patriot Fellowship, from selling a tax-fraud scheme, the Justice Department announced today. The court described Kotmair as a seasoned tax protestor, stated it was without question that he is violating the tax laws, and described his representations about the tax laws as clearly fraudulent. The courts opinion states that Kotmair and...
  • Wesley Snipes indicted for tax fraud

    10/17/2006 2:49:41 PM PDT · by kralcmot · 45 replies · 2,148+ views
    People Magazine ^ | OCTOBER 17, 2006 | Brian Orloff and Jeff Truesdell
    Wesley Snipes was indicted Tuesday in Tampa, Fla., on conspiracy to defraud the IRS and failing to file income tax returns. The Blade actor and two other men, Eddie Ray Kahn and Douglas P. Rosile, are charged with eight counts of conspiracy to defraud the IRS for falsely claiming nearly $12 million in refunds. Snipes, 44, is also charged with six counts of failing to file tax returns for the years 1999 through 2004. ... A warrant has been issued for his arrest... According to the indictment, Kahn was the founder of American Rights Litigators and its successor, Guiding Light...
  • Feds Indict Actor Wesley Snipes for Tax Fraud

    10/17/2006 2:05:20 PM PDT · by libstripper · 28 replies · 1,052+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 17, 2006 | Lorenza Munoz and Michael Muskal,
    WASHINGTON -- Wesley Snipes, whose flash and dash style of acting carried him from the streets of the South Bronx to movie stardom, has been indicted on charges of conspiracy and tax fraud, federal officials announced today. Snipes, 44, was also charged with six counts of failing to file income tax returns. If convicted of all of the charges, he could be sentenced to as much as 16 years in prison. Snipes' whereabouts could not be determined, said Steve Cole, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office for the Middle District of Florida.
  • Charge: Charity Funds Diverted To Air America [two Gloria Wise Community Center executives indicted]

    10/06/2006 12:59:00 PM PDT · by John Jorsett · 48 replies · 1,760+ views
    WCBSTV.COM ^ | Oct 5, 2006
    Two former executives at a government-funded youth organization whose finances were scrutinized after it diverted money to the liberal radio network Air America were charged Thursday with misappropriating $1.2 million of the non-profit's funds. Charles Rosen, a former executive director at the Gloria Wise Community Center, and his former assistant director, Jeffrey Aulenbach, face charges of grand larceny and obstructing governmental administration. Rosen was also charged with forgery. New York City's Department of Investigation, which investigated the nonprofit for two years, said the men improperly took more than $290,000 from the organization for their personal use, on top of their...
  • US Muslims Gear up for Nov. Elections (Registration booths in Mosques)

    10/02/2006 7:48:45 PM PDT · by xzins · 60 replies · 1,540+ views
    US Muslims Gear up for Nov. Elections DALLAS American Muslims have set up voter registration booths in mosques across the United States to encourage fellow Muslim voters to sign up for the November mid-term elections. "We have set up booths in 150 mosques across the country in the past two weeks," Mukit Hossain, a political consultant to the Muslim American Society which is championing the drive, told Reuters Saturday, September 30. American Muslims have also established a website to enable Muslim voters to register online. Hossain said about 10,000 were estimated to have been registered to date, expecting "tens...
  • Dan Walters: IRS crackdown on church for anti-war sermon raises hackles

    09/22/2006 8:16:03 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 1,131+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/22/6 | Dan Walters
    A couple of days before the 2004 presidential election, an Episcopal clergyman named George Regas delivered a sermon to congregants in Pasadena in the form of a mock debate among Jesus, President Bush and Democratic candidate John Kerry over the Iraq war. Regas left no doubt about his anti-war sentiments, saying that Jesus would have told Bush that the war "has led to disaster," but did not specifically endorse anyone in the election. Eight months later, however, All Saints Episcopal Church received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service declaring "a reasonable belief ... that you may not be a...
  • Hip Hop Caucus President to Use Civil Disobedience at White House

    09/20/2006 11:35:47 AM PDT · by Maceman · 46 replies · 969+ views ^ | 2006-09-20 | Abena Agyeman-Fisher
    Giving Congress up to September 21 to stop the invasion of Iraq, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus of Washington D.C., and Church of God and Christ minister, plans to lead a press conference in front of the White House to protest the war in Iraq on Thursday (Sept. 21). Yearwood, citing a moral obligation, says that he, along with 270 cities and 350 organizations nationwide, will no longer be passive observers of Bush's War on Terror. "We are in a time of peril in which people of morals have to stand up. We are willing to...
  • Church Collects Signatures For Stray Bullet Bill

    09/04/2006 11:01:16 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 41 replies · 875+ views
    NBC6 ^ | August 31, 2006 | Staff
    MIAMI -- After a string of recent shootings that killed several children in South Florida, one church is starting a grassroots movement to stop the violence. People gathered at Faith, Prayer and Deliverance Church on Northwest 99th Street and 27th Avenue on Wednesday to sign a petition in support of the "No Right To Kill, Stray Bullet" bill. The goal is to get 1 million signatures in support of the bill, which demands life in prison for any act of violence that kills a child. Youth pastor Anthony Dawkins is spearheading the movement. "We want this to become a national...
  • A society which allows its poorest citizens to live in luxury?

    08/09/2006 10:43:40 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 29 replies · 1,695+ views ^ | 02/08/2006 |
    Sweden might be stranger than you think. In few other societies the "low" income earners own two-three Porsches, Beamers or Cadillacs, live in luxury houses and cruise around in million dollar yachts with a smile on their face. - WOW! Is Sweden really that rich? Of course it isn't. No country boasts a "lower" class that well off. Sweden has a nominal GDP/capita on the same level as the US, while its GDP at PPP (Purchasing Power Parity) is considerably less. An advocate of the Swedish Model will tell you this is because of consumer goods being heavily taxed in...
  • In case you were wondering ...[TEXAS TAX]

    05/22/2006 3:02:40 PM PDT · by Dubya · 21 replies · 494+ views
    Special to the Star-Telegram ^ | May. 22, 2006 | ELLIOTT NAISHTAT
    Notably absent from the Republican leadership's self-congratulatory comments regarding the recently completed special session on public school finance were any references to the fact that, because of the leadership's inaction, more than 1.3 million senior citizens and people with disabilities in Texas will receive little or no property tax relief. Given that the governor, lieutenant governor and House speaker were all in positions to intervene on behalf of these vulnerable populations (living for the most part on fixed incomes), I question why the interests of these particular Texans were left so far behind. House Bill 1, the property tax reduction...
  • Another coming storm... [Cardinal Mahoney Politicking during Mass]

    05/16/2006 7:12:41 AM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 52 replies · 553+ views
    Open Book ^ | 5/15/06 | Amy Welborn
    A reader from LA writes with this: am in the archdiocese of Los Angeles. I would be interested to hear what you and your blog readers think about what happened in parishes in our diocese yesterday. In the middle of mass, after the homily and before the Creed, Fr. C. stood up and said that Cardinal Mahony asked all priests in the diocese to pass out post cards to the parishioners regarding immigration reform, addressed to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. The ushers passed them out with pencils, then picked up the completed forms. It took about 20 minutes. Here...
  • Shareholder shove comes to PUSH ( Jesse Jackson Alert )

    05/04/2006 8:56:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies · 722+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | May 4, 2006 | CHERYL V. JACKSON
    A shareholder group is gaining momentum in its efforts to pressure companies to disclose charitable giving -- with donations linked to the Rev. Jesse Jackson... The National Legal and Policy Center has stepped up efforts to require corporations to disclose more details about their donations... The Rainbow/PUSH Citizen Education Fund, which in 2001 provided payments to Jackson's former mistress. The Church Falls, Va.-based non-profit group hit two shareholders meetings this week -- Boeing on Monday and PepsiCo Inc. on Wednesday. "Many shareholders would certainly object to their money going to a controversial and divisive figure like Jesse Jackson," said Peter...
  • Survivor Hatch waits on tax verdict

    01/24/2006 7:52:05 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 18 replies · 773+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 25 January 2006 | David Ortiz
    RICHARD Hatch, the much-vilified first winner of the hit US reality television show Survivor, will know in a day if he survived a challenge that could jail him for a lifetime. A jury is expected to decide tomorrow whether the winner of the $US1 million ($1.33 million) jackpot on Survivor on a South Pacific island in 2000 is guilty of tax evasion, bank fraud and other charges filed by the US Attorney's office in Providence, Rhode Island. Prosecutors accuse Hatch, a motivational speaker, of failing to report the $US1 million winnings in 2000 and about $US391,000 he earned from half...
  • Clinton administration quashed fraud case against Cisneros (Barrett Report on Barry Finkelstein)

    01/17/2006 8:41:01 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 116 replies · 7,329+ views
    Excerpts - WASHINGTON _ A special prosecutor's long-delayed report charges that a coverup at senior levels of the Clinton administration killed a tax fraud case against former Cabinet member Henry Cisneros, the New York Daily News has learned. David Barrett's 11-year, $23 million probe, which will be released Thursday, states in stinging terms that the Clinton coverup succeeded. [snip] Before Cisneros' 1999 guilty plea, Barrett's office began a second phase based in part on allegations in a 1997 memo to IRS headquarters by whistleblower John Filan, an IRS criminal investigations chief in Texas. In a memo obtained by the Daily...
  • Why is the FairTax better than our current system?

    11/07/2005 10:55:20 AM PST · by Eaglewatcher · 63 replies · 1,157+ views
    Americans For Fair Taxation Website ^ | Current | Americans for Fair Taxation
    Why is the FairTax better than our current system? Our present tax system is one of the reasons that people are finding it so difficult to get ahead these days. It is one of the reasons the next generation may not have a standard of living as high as this generation. Cars replaced the horse and buggy, the telephone replaced the telegraph, and the FairTax replaces the income tax. The income tax is holding us back and making it more difficult than it needs to be to improve our families standard of living. It makes it needlessly difficult for our...
  • The Fair Tax Act of 2005 HR 25/S 25 plain English summary

    11/06/2005 10:58:26 AM PST · by Eaglewatcher · 58 replies · 1,716+ views
    Americans For Fair Taxation Website ^ | Current | Americans For Fair Taxation
    The Fair Tax Act of 2005 HR 25/S 25 plain English summary The Act is called the Fair Tax Act of 2005. As of Dec. 31, 2006, it repeals all income taxes and payroll taxes, specifically: *The individual income tax (including capital gains taxes and the alternative minimum tax) *The corporate income tax *All individual and employer payroll taxes including Social Security, Medicare and federal unemployment taxes *The self-employment tax (a self employed person pays both the individual and the employer portions of Social Security and Medicare taxes) *The estate and gift tax Effective January 1, 2007 it replaces...
  • Tax Changes on the Horizon

    11/05/2005 4:42:13 PM PST · by ancient_geezer · 111 replies · 1,479+ views
    Bella Online ^ | November 4, 2005 | Buzz Timothy, BellaOnline's Accounting Editor
    Tax Changes on the Horizon Buzz Timothy, BellaOnline's Accounting Editor The President's Advisory Panel on Tax Reform finished its ten month investigation and research and has submitted its two best proposals to the US Treasury Department. The Treasury Department has said it will make its own tax reform proposals by the end of this year. Congress is scheduled to begin the tax reform debate next year. But, what does tax reform really mean? Well, the tax reforms that have been put forth so far are at best disappointing, at worst they are nothing more than tweaks to an outdated, enormously...