FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2005
TDD (202) 514-1888
FEDERAL COURT HALTS TAX FRAUD SCAMS IN MISSOURI
Branson woman marketed corporation sole and claim of right programs
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department announced today that a federal court has barred Janis E. Greehey, of Branson, Missouri, from selling the corporation sole and claim of right tax schemes. The order, entered by Judge Richard E. Dorr of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, also requires Greehey to provide the Justice Department with her customers names, addresses, and Social Security or taxpayer identification numbers, and to remove materials about the banned promotions from her websites.
According to court filings, Greehey falsely told customers they could exempt themselves from income tax if they transferred income and assets to a so-called corporation sole and claimed that it was a church. Under the claim of right scheme, Greehey allegedly falsely told customers that compensation for their labor is not subject to income tax, and they could therefore get refunds of past taxes paid.
The IRS and Justice Department are working vigorously to stop the proliferation of tax fraud schemes, said Eileen J. OConnor, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Departments Tax Division. People who sell these scams enrich themselves at the expense of their customers and of the law-abiding Americans who pay taxes.
Martin M. Shoemaker, a trial attorney with the Justice Departments Tax Division, represented the United States in this case, which was filed after an investigation by the IRSs Small Business/Self-Employed Division.
Court papers alleged that Greehey promoted the schemes with the help of Joseph O. Saladino, through an organization called the Freedom & Privacy Committee. Separate government suits against Saladino, who lives in Palmdale, California, and other alleged promoters have been filed in several courts around the country. A federal court in Los Angeles entered a permanent injunction against Saladino and the Freedom & Privacy Committee last month.
More information about this case and the related cases is available at http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/txdv05030.htm, http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/txdv05005.htm, http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/txdv04192.htm, http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/txdv04220.htm, http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/txdv04709.htm, http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/txdv04700.htm, and http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/txdv04639.htm.
Dozens of federal courts around the country have ordered tax-scam promoters to cease their illegal operations. Information about these cases is available at http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/taxpress2005.htm and http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/taxpress2004.htm. The corporation sole and claim of right programs are included in the Internal Revenue Services list of the Dirty Dozen tax scams, at http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=120803,00.html . Information about the Justice Departments Tax Division can be found at http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/index.html.