Florida lawyer Milton Baxley II, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine for committing contempt of court by violating an injunction barring him from promoting a tax scheme.
In August, a jury convicted Baxley on two counts of violating a December 2003 federal court order. According to the court, Baxley was connected with American Rights Litigators, also known as Guiding Light of God Ministries, an organization that had made headlines of late for its part in the $12 million tax evasion charges being brought against film star Wesley Snipes.
According to the court, the organization sold customers letters to send to the IRS making frivolous arguments that the customer was not liable for federal taxes. Baxley also sold complaints for customers to send to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration that falsely accused IRS employees of misconduct.
The court found that Baxley gave the business permission to use his name and facsimile signature on the frivolous correspondence and false TIGTA complaints -- receiving total compensation of $95,000.
Since 2001, the Justice Department has obtained injunctions against more than 205 return preparers and tax-fraud promoters.
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