A Greenville, S.C. federal judge has permanently barred Robert Barnwell Clarkson and his "Patriot Network" from promoting tax fraud schemes, the Justice Department announced. The court found that Clarkson falsely instructed Patriot Network members that they need not file federal income tax returns, and helped members obstruct Internal Revenue Service efforts to collect taxes. In seeking the permanent injunction, the Justice Department submitted Clarkson's Untaxing Packet, which he sold for $300. The packet contained form letters that he falsely claimed would exempt purchases from federal tax laws. Papers filed in the case showed that Clarkson boasted that he "untaxed" more than 8,000 people over 30 years. The court detailed Clarkson's efforts at interfering with tax collection, including his instruction to transfer property to nominees and to sue IRS agents who attempt to collect taxes. Clarkson, a disbarred attorney from Anderson, S.C., has twice been convicted of federal tax-related crimes. The court ordered Clarkson to give copies of the injunction to people who bought his products and to post the injunction on the Patriot Network Web site.
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