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On September 24, 1999, at 12:00 noon, I reported to the federal penitentiary at Ashland, Kentucky to begin serving a one-year prison sentence. I was convicted of filing false statements on my law office tax returns. I wasn’t accused of tax evasion or tax fraud. There had been no audit or determination that any tax was owed. I appealed the conviction and asked to be allowed to remain free pending the appeal.  The government opposed my request and it was denied. I served the entire year. My appeal has not been heard and it appears that it may never be heard. At last the Civil Appeals Division of the IRS has reviewed my tax returns and determined that the deductions were legitimate and that no tax is now or ever was owed. Unfortunately, this report is laying on the desk of the same person who originally recommended that I be prosecuted, awaiting further action. It has been there since June of 2003

On September 24, 1999 at 12:00 noon, I reported to the federal penitentiaryat Ashland, Kentucky to begin serving a one-year prison sentence. I was convicted of filing false statements on my law office tax returns.

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Prior to being investigated for 8 to 10 years for unrelated matters, then being indicted and convicted of filing false statements on my tax return, I naively believed that our justice system, though not perfect, worked well. Now after being disbarred, convicted of filing false deductions on my law office tax returns, serving a year in prison and still not having my criminal appeal heard, I do not feel so confident. [continue reading…]