Washington (Sept. 18, 2003) -- The Justice Department Wednesday widened its probe of tax shelters sold by accounting firms to include second-tier firm Grant Thornton.

The Justice Department on Wednesday asked a federal court to enforce summonses issued to Grant Thornton regarding an Internal Revenue Service tax shelter investigation of the accounting firm, in order to, in part, "obtain information necessary to combat the sale and use of abusive tax avoidance transactions."

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