Washington (Oct. 7, 2002) -- The Department of Justice filed two lawsuits in Georgia federal courts to stop three different people from preparing clients' tax returns which claim bogus tax credits for slavery reparations.

In one of the lawsuits, filed in Macon, Ga., the government alleges that Willie Haugabook of Montezuma, Ga., prepared more than 350 tax returns which claimed an estimated $18 million in slavery reparations. In the other lawsuit, filed in Augusta, Ga., the government states that Eddie and Erma Mims of Sylvania, Ga., prepared more than 70 tax returns which claimed almost $3 million in slavery reparations.

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