Friday, April 09, 1999

Charge says tax opponent taught evasion to others


Middletown man indicted for not filing, hiding assets

BY BEN L. KAUFMAN
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Middletown resident Thomas Jeffrey Frisby on Thursday became the latest Tristate resident charged with using and/or promoting an illegal scheme to evade federal income taxes.

        As in some other prosecutions, the Pilot Connection Society/Liberty Foundation was involved.

        Federal grand jurors said Mr. Frisby, 58, of the 400 block of South Main Street, failed to file his 1992 and 1993 returns, used bank accounts in others' names to hide his assets, and corruptly obstructed tax collections by helping others follow his example.

        The indictment said Mr. Frisby paid $45 to join the now-defunct society in September1991, and $2,100, or 10 per cent of his pending taxes, for instructions on “untaxing” himself.

        After that, grand jurors said, Mr. Frisby:

        • Gave up his Social Security number, used society form letters to challenge Internal Revenue Service jurisdiction over him, and revoked his signatures on tax returns and bank accounts.

        • Paid $1,000 to become an associate member and used that franchise to recruit others and sell untaxing kits for at least two years.

        • Advised an IRS undercover agent on how to conceal his assets from the IRS.

        • Started a similar group, the Freedom Connection, to promote untaxing as “income tax relief” and switched society members to his new group.

        • Claimed 100 percent success at untaxing individuals, counseled clients when IRS questioned their failures to file, and attempted to impede IRS sales of seized assets.

        • Searched public records for people with tax problems, offered his services and said the society and connection could remove IRS liens and levies.

        Justice Department attorney Dana Boente said he would notify Mr. Frisby by mail about the indictment and his 10 a.m. May 13 initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Jack Sherman Jr.

        Mr. Boente would not say whether any of Mr. Frisby's clients would be prosecuted.

        In the past couple of years, Mr. Boente and his colleagues have won a series of verdicts and guilty pleas from Tristate residents.

        Defendants claimed to have exempted themselves from federal income taxes by revoking their Social Security numbers, using various trusts, challenges to the Sixteenth Amendment (income tax) and other tactics.

        Even where actions were not criminal, their intent was, prosecutors and juries have found.

       



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