Tuesday, February 03, 2009

If it was us

It took about three minutes to find what I was looking for — all I needed was to Google "sentenced income tax evasion."

Here's what I found ... all but one of the names have been removed to protect the guilty. And I barely went halfway down the first page of links. The first page had "Results 1-10 of about 94,300 for 'sentenced income tax evasion."
XXX was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 36 months, supervised release term of 3 years and ordered to pay restitution of $717,899 to the IRS. In August 2000, a federal grand jury charged XXX with three counts of income tax evasion for the years 1993 through 1995. According to the indictment, XXX attempted to evade paying a total of about $180,000 in taxes.

YYY was sentenced to a year in prison to be followed by one year of supervised release. YYY was also ordered to pay costs of $1,227 and an assessment of $200 ... YYY admitted evading over $183,000 in federal income taxes for tax years 1997, 1998, and 1999.

ZZZ has been found guilty in federal court on four counts of income tax evasion ... He will be sentenced Jan. 21. He faces a maximum five-year sentence and $250,000 fine for each count, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

On October 18, 1931, Capone was convicted after trial, and on November 24, was sentenced to eleven years in Federal prison, fined $50,000 and charged $7,692 for court costs, in addition to $215,000 plus interest due on back taxes.
If it was us, and not Tom Daschle or Timothy Geithner, we'd be going to prison. For the rulers of the U.S. of A., all it takes is an "I'm sorry" and a check. You may not get to be health & human services secretary, but you get to go home tonight — and you may even get to be treasury secretary and give the IRS its marching orders.

"Hope and change," my muscular buttocks. The U.S. government is still run by thugs and criminals. People are angry. Angry enough to change things? We'll have to see.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Capone couldn't understand how the government could collect 'legal taxes' on 'illegal money'.

1:35 PM  
Anonymous fish said...

Capone should have known.....win....however you manage it...and the government wins with you. Lose and you lose alone! Unless of course you are a major bank or favored industry!

2:12 PM  
Anonymous dare2bfree said...

And let us not forget Ed and Elaine Brown either.

6:41 PM  
Anonymous lewlew said...

I discussed this very point with one of our friends last night. He's an Obama fan and it amazed me how he could completely gloss over something that he'd be visceral about if it was from the Bush administration. Bleh =(.

12:10 PM  
Anonymous sunni said...

Thanks for the nod.

Can you imagine the chaos it would bring to the IRS if just 5% of us (referring to "we, the people" who are supposed to pay income taxes) messed up our paperwork somehow? They don't have the resources to support that many investigations—and, last I knew, their computer systems were still antiquated and glitchy.

The more of us who monkey wrench, the wider the cracks we can fall through becomes. And the less we contribute to financing the state's crap!

12:53 PM  

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