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| FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2003
TDD (202) 514-1888
FEDERAL COURT ENJOINS IRWIN SCHIFF AND ASSOCIATES
Temporary Restraining Order Entered
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Late yesterday, a federal court in Las Vegas issued a
temporary restraining order barring Irwin Schiff and two associates, Cynthia
Neun and Lawrence N. Cohen, from promoting their tax scams. The order prohibits
the trio from holding any seminars to promote or sell Schiff's fraudulent "zero
tax" plan or "any other false, fraudulent, or frivolous tax schemes
or arguments." The order also prohibits Schiff and his associates from
selling or advertising tax-scam books, audiotapes and other tax-related products
and services, and from preparing any federal income tax returns for others.
Within 10 days, Schiff, Neun, and Cohen must provide a copy of the order to
their current customers and former customers with whom they have done business
since January 1, 1999.
"Today's order is a victory for honest taxpayers," said Eileen J.
O'Connor, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Justice Department's
Tax Division. "We will continue to take action to stop promoters who pitch
According to court papers filed by the Justice Department, Schiff, Neun, and
Cohen conduct seminars and sell audiotapes and other products designed to help
customers evade federal taxes, primarily by filing income-tax returns falsely
listing no income and no tax due. The Justice Department has alleged that customers
of Schiff and his associates attempted to evade an estimated $56 million in
income taxes from 1999 through 2001.
For copies of documents filed in this case and for information on other tax
scam enforcement actions, go online to http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/taxpress2003.htm.
NEW! -- United States v. Irwin Schiff, Cynthia Neun,
and Lawrence N. Cohen
a/k/a Larry Cohen