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    The Daily News Journal Murfreesboro , TN (excerpt) November 21, 2003 Readyville man convicted of tax evasion NASHVILLE — A federal court jury convicted a
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 1, 2003
      The Daily News Journal
      Murfreesboro , TN

      November 21, 2003

      Readyville man convicted of tax evasion

      NASHVILLE — A federal court jury convicted a Readyville man Thursday
      on charges of income tax evasion, the IRS reported.

      Sherree W. Preston, special agent in charge, IRS Criminal
      Investigation in Nashville , reported a jury for the Middle District
      of Tennessee returned a guilty verdict against Rickey Paul Brunet,
      41, of Readyville.

      Brunet was named in a superseding indictment in June that charged him
      with four counts of income tax evasion.

      Following a two-day trial, the jury convicted Brunet on all four
      counts. Brunet will be sentenced Feb. 9 and faces up to 20 years in
      prison and fines up to $1 million.

      The government's proof established that Brunet, a computer-aided
      design draftsman, failed to file income tax returns with the IRS for
      the calendar years 1996-98 even though he had income requiring him to
      file such returns, the IRS reported.

      Brunet attempted to cause his Social Security number to be concealed
      from the IRS and filed an "exempt" Form W-4 with a company called
      Westaff, stating he was exempt from federal withholding, the IRS

      The proof showed that shortly after receiving a tax assessment
      notification from the IRS, Brunet caused the title to his personal
      residence, located at 11661 Bradyville Pike in Readyville, to be
      transferred to "The Home Trust" in an attempt to prevent the IRS from
      levying or seizing the home to satisfy his tax debt.

      Evidence also established he transferred the title to his two
      vehicles to "The Partnership Trust" in an attempt to evade IRS
      collection efforts.

      Brunet testified during the trial in mid-1995 he joined a group named
      Save-A-Patriot Fellowship, an organization that questions the legal
      interpretation of the tax code, and began researching the tax law.

      He told the jurors he could not find in his research any information
      that would lead him to conclude that the Internal Revenue Code made
      him liable to file individual income tax returns or pay individual
      income taxes.

      The courts have repeatedly rejected these arguments as frivolous, the
      IRS reported.

      Testimony from other witnesses during the trial showed that
      individuals from this Save-A-Patriot Fellowship Organization have
      been convicted of federal tax crimes and have served prison sentences
      for following or acting upon these same types of anti-tax arguments.

      "As evidenced by this jury's decision, this verdict sends a clear
      message that tax evasion is a serious crime against the American
      public," said Preston . "Generally, all income, regardless of the
      source, is fully taxable and the IRS is committed to investigating
      and recommending for prosecution those who raise these frivolous tax
      arguments to avoid payment of federal taxes."

      This case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation Special
      Agent George J. Villhard III.
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