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Scam Promoter Enjoined
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2003
TDD (202) 514-1888
FEDERAL COURT IN TAMPA
ENJOINS TAX SCAM PROMOTER
Florida Man Promoted
a Fraudulent "Section 861" Scheme
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A federal court in Tampa yesterday ordered David
Bosset of Spring Hill, Fla., to stop promoting a fraudulent tax scheme. The
permanent injunction bars Bosset from promoting the frivolous "Section
861"argument (named after the tax code provision it misinterprets). Bosset
had falsely claimed that Section 861 of the Internal Revenue Code exempted
from federal income taxes persons with U.S.-source income. Bosset also must
contact clients and inform them of the injunction.
In the permanent injunction order, the court stated that in promoting the
scheme Bosset made "false or fraudulent statements." The court last
March had entered a preliminary injunction against Bosset.
"People who market fraudulent tax scams are in the business of swindling
the public," said Eileen J. O'Connor, Assistant Attorney General in charge
of the Justice Department's Tax Division.
Information on the preliminary injunction entered against Bossett can be found
online at http://www.usdoj.gov/ opa/ pr/ 2002/ March/ 02_tax_184.htm.
Federal courts have enjoined five other "Section 861" tax scam promoters
in other cases. Press releases concerning these cases are available at the
Justice Department's website at:
http://www.usdoj.gov/ opa/ pr/ 2002/ February/ 02_tax_055.htm,
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