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    UNITED STATES SUES NINE IN NATIONWIDE CRACKDOWN ON TAX-REFUND SCAM WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department announced today that, in a nationwide crackdown
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      UNITED STATES SUES NINE IN NATIONWIDE CRACKDOWN ON TAX-REFUND SCAM

      WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department announced today that, in a
      nationwide crackdown against a tax-fraud scheme promoted by Peter
      Eric Hendrickson of Commerce Township, Mich., it has brought suit
      against nine people this week. According to the government
      complaints, filed in seven lawsuits across the country, the nine
      people—including Hendrickson and his wife Doreen M. Hendrickson—have
      received a total of nearly $150,000 in erroneous tax refunds by
      submitting false forms with their federal tax returns to replace W-2
      and 1099 forms that correctly reported their income.

      In seven suits filed in U.S. district courts in California, Nevada,
      Michigan, Alabama, Florida and Kansas, the Justice Department seeks
      to recover the erroneous refunds. In addition, the suit against
      Hendrickson, filed in the Eastern District of Michigan, asks the
      court to enjoin him from filing false tax forms and returns. A
      violation of the injunction would be punishable as contempt of court.

      According to the complaint, Hendrickson claims that only government
      workers are subject to income taxes. Hendrickson tells people to not
      submit their W-2 and 1099 forms with their tax returns, and in their
      place submit substitute or corrected W-2 and 1099 forms that they
      create on which they change their reported income to zero. Under the
      scheme, people then submit the falsified forms with a tax return
      falsely reporting no income and request a refund of all taxes
      withheld from wages. This scheme is number one on the IRS's 2006
      list of the "Dirty Dozen" tax scams, posted at
      http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=154293,00.html.

      "Federal law provides serious penalties for filing false tax forms,"
      said Eileen J. O'Connor, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice
      Department's Tax Division. "People who engage in tax fraud schemes
      can expect to pay back taxes, plus interest and penalties, and may
      face criminal prosecution for evading taxes."

      The suit against Hendrickson alleges that he was convicted in 1992
      on federal criminal charges for failing to file a federal income tax
      return and for a conspiracy involving a firebomb placed in a bin at
      a U.S. Post Office in Royal Oak, Mich. on April 16, 1990, the last
      day on which tax returns could be postmarked that year. Hendrickson
      testified at a co-conspirator's trial that he wrapped a tea bag
      around the bomb's tubing as a reference to the Boston Tea Party tax
      protest.

      The seven people sued in addition to the Hendricksons are Sharon K.
      Artman of Largo, Fla.; Michael J. Dowling of San Diego; Joy M.
      Ferguson of Henderson, Nev.; Melvin L. Gerstenkorn of Topeka, Kan.;
      Larry B. Golson and Debra G. Golson of Montgomery, Ala.; and James
      A. Spitzer of Winter Park, Fla. Copies of all seven complaints will
      be posted with this press release today at
      http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/taxpress2006.htm.

      This week's suits are part of the IRS's and Justice Department's
      efforts against tax-fraud schemes. More information about these
      efforts can be found at www.usdoj.gov/tax/taxpress2006.htm.
      Information about the Tax Division can be found at www.usdoj.gov/tax.


      Peter Hendrickson's own complaint can be found
      http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/Hendrickson_Complaint.pdf and alleges that
      PH received more than $20,000 in erroneous refunds by filing false
      income tax returns for 2002 and 2003.
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