FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2005
TDD (202) 514-1888
FEDERAL COURT PERMANENTLY ENJOINS DEFUNCT TELEMARKETING FIRMíS
FORMER PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER
National Audit Defense NetworkíS Tax Scams
Allegedly Cost Treasury $324 Million
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department announced today that a federal court in Las Vegas has barred five Nevada men linked to a defunct telemarketing firm-the Las Vegas-based National Audit Defense Network (NADN)-from selling tax fraud schemes and preparing income tax returns for others. The court barred NADNís former president, Weston Coolidge, of Las Vegas; its former general manager, Alan Rodrigues of Henderson; and Lee Panelli, Jeff Klingenberg, and Ric Klingenberg, all Las Vegas residents. The court also enjoined a related company, ALR, Inc., doing business as Success Matrix Group, from committing the same conduct.
Under a previously-issued court order, the government obtained from NADN the names of tens of thousands of NADN customers, including their mailing and e-mail addresses, Social Security or employer identification numbers, and telephone numbers.
NADN allegedly marketed a tax-fraud scam in which victims falsely were told they could claim a tax credit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by purchasing websites and then modifying them to comply with the ADA. The governmentís court filings estimated that customers using NADNís tax schemes, including the ADA-credit scheme, cost the federal treasury $324 million over a three-year period.
ďThe Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service are committed to stopping tax fraud,Ē said Eileen J. OíConnor, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Departmentís Tax Division. She thanked Tax Division trial attorneys Evan J. Davis, Phyllis Jo Gervasio, and Karen G. Gregory; Tax Division paralegal Marion Goyette; and IRS revenue agents Sue Cutler and David Gordon for their work on the case.
The only remaining defendant in the suit is former NADN manager Adam Mangabang, against whom a preliminary injunction remains in force.
This case is part of the Justice Departmentís ďOperation Roaming Charge,Ē which targets international and domestic telemarketing fraud. Information about Operation Roaming Charge is available at <http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2004/October/04_crm_680.htm>.
More information about this case, including prior injunction orders and a copy of the complaint and brief in support of motion for preliminary injunction, are available at http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/txdv04233.htm <txdv04233.htm>; http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/txdv04309.htm <txdv04309.htm>, http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/txdv04395.htm <txdv04395.htm>, and <http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/txdv04738.htm>.
Information on NADNís bankruptcy is available at
<http://www.nvb.uscourts.gov>. More information about the Justice
Departmentís Tax Division is available at http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/index.html