Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Defense to Evasion of Payment by Fictitious Instruments--the IRS "Monetized" and Holds the Proceeds in a Secret Fund (11/28/18)

In United States v. Nix, Case No. 2:17-CR-105-RSL (W.D. Wash. Nov. 21, 2018), here, a jury found Nix guilty of nine counts of attempted evasion of payment of taxes for the tax years 1998 and 2000-2007, four counts of attempted evasion of assessment of taxes for the tax years 2010-2013, eleven counts of presentation of fictitious financial obligations, and one count of corrupt interference with the administration of the Internal Revenue Code."  The defendant moved to vacate the judgment and grant a new trial.

Here is the part I found interesting (cleaned up):
At trial, the government introduced as evidence eleven money orders, purporting to be payments for defendant's tax debt, that were mailed to the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") on defendant's behalf ("the Money Orders"). William C. Kerr, an "expert on financial fraud and fictitious instruments," was called as one of the government's witnesses. Mr. Kerr testified that the Money Orders were fictitious. Defendant also admitted that  they were fictitious.  
Defendant filed a motion for a new trial on September 12, 2018. This is based on allegedly newly discovered evidence that shows that the Money Orders were not fictitious, as they have been monetized by the government and deposited in various financial funds. Defendant claims that, after the trial, he was "able to find a confidential source [who] [had] appropriate access to the necessary banking screens and ... was willing to research the instruments and provide such research data... under a private trust agreement that include[d] strict confidentiality and non-disclosure of the confidential source." This source allegedly used "the instrument numbers and personal identifying information of [defendant] to search the banking system..." and locate the Money Orders. Defendant also submitted a "Notice of and Assignment of Claim in Subrogation and Demand for Deposition of Charges," purporting to assign to the government all of his alleged property interests in these financial funds.

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