Washington (Dec. 1, 2003) -- A federal court has permanently barred a Fort Collins, Colo., couple and their organization from promoting a tax scam.

Chief Judge Lewis T. Babcock of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado ordered Austin Gary Cooper, Martha Cooper, and their organizations -- Taking Back America and The Ten Foundation -- to stop promoting a tax scam in which customers are falsely advised they can avoid federal income taxes by renouncing their U.S. citizenship in favor of "American" citizenship.

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