FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2005
TDD (202) 514-1888
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SUES TO HALT ALLEGED INTERNET TAX-FRAUD SCAM
South Carolina Man Allegedly Sells Fraudulent "Untaxing Packet" Nationwide
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department announced today that it has asked a South Carolina federal court to stop Robert B. Clarkson, of Anderson, South Carolina, from selling alleged tax-fraud scams. The government's civil injunction complaint, filed in Greenville, alleges that Clarkson uses the Internet to sell materials containing instructions and tactics to help customers illegally evade federal taxes. The complaint also seeks a court order requiring Clarkson to provide the government his customers' names, mailing and e-mail addresses, and telephone and Social Security numbers.
The complaint alleges that Clarkson is a disbarred attorney who has twice been convicted of federal tax-related crimes. Operating under name the Patriot Network, Clarkson allegedly sells through a website he operates several how-to guides on illegally evading federal taxes, charging $55 to $300 per guide. One guide, the Un-taxing Packet, allegedly contains form letters to government officials that customers are falsely told can be used to remove any liability they have to pay taxes. Clarkson also allegedly uses a website to advise his customers to obstruct IRS investigations.
Any plan purporting to eliminate your obligations under the tax laws is a scam, said Eileen J. O'Connor, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Tax Division. The Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service are working vigorously to stop the promotion of tax fraud.
This injunction suit is part of an effort to stop the promotion of tax scams and the preparation and filing of false and fraudulent returns. The Justice Department has obtained injunctions against more than 100 promoters and tax preparers since 2001. More information about the Justice Department's efforts against tax-scam promoters can be found at http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/taxpress2005.htm. Information about the Justice Department's Tax Division can be found at http://www.usdoj.gov/tax