FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2002
TDD (202) 514-1888
FEDERAL COURT PERMANENTLY BARS NORTH CAROLINA MAN FROM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal court in Greensboro, North Carolina entered an injunction on November 8th against Alfred Abdo, Jr. of Winston-Salem. The court order permanently bars Abdo and his business, American Tax Planning, from:
The court order also requires Abdo to send a copy of the injunction to every person for whom he has prepared a tax-related document.
In June, 2001, the court had entered a narrower preliminary injunction, barring Abdo from preparing frivolous returns or promoting tax schemes while the case was ongoing. Abdo shut down his internet website at that time.
"This injunction is an important victory in the Justice Department's battle against tax scams," said Claire Fallon, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Tax Division.
The government's court papers in the case demonstrated that Abdo operated two fraudulent tax schemes. In one, Abdo's clients filed false tax-withholding forms claiming unjustified exemptions. The government's filing further alleges that the second scheme involved Abdo prepared and filed false amended tax returns, illegally claiming that taxable income can be reduced by the amount of social security taxes paid.