Irwin Schiff B.S.

Saturday, February 14, 2004

"Irwin Schiff Follower and Promoter Convicted"

"For Filing Zero Income Tax Returns"

On February 12th, 2004 long time Irwin Schiff follower and promoter Steve Swan was convicted on 18 criminal counts of willful income tax evasion and fraud in the District Court of New Hampshire Criminal Case 03-CR-36-01-B! Swan faces up to 54 years in prison and $4.5 million in fines and penalties. He will be sentenced May 19th, 2004.

Steve Swan of Auburn, New Hampshire started following and promoting Irwin Schiff's "Zero Income Tax Return" theories in 1996 after reading his book "The Federal Mafia How The Government Illegally Imposes and Unlawfully Collects Income Taxes". Sincerely believing what he read as promoted by Schiff in his books through Schiff's mis-interpretation and representation of Court case decisions, tax laws and the Constitution Mr. Swan started filing the "Zero Income Tax Return" created, promoted and claimed by Mr. Schiff to legally stop paying Federal income taxes!

On March 5th, 2003 Mr. Swan was indicted and later arrested on 18 counts of criminal willful tax evasion and fraud for following the "Zero Return" theory of Schiff. When Mr. Schiff was reached by the Union Leader Staff News for comment on one of his own dedicated followers and promoters being indicted and arrested for following and promoting his theories Schiff stated:

"If I told him to go rob a bank, would he do it? What is he, an idiot?"

Swans 18 criminal counts of willful income tax evasion and fraud is broken down as follows:

2 counts of preparing and filing fraudulent amended "zero tax returns" for himself seeking refunds of prior year taxes he had filed and paid, which Schiff promotes and teaches through the sale of what he calls "Schiff Reports".

15 counts of helping others prepare and file fraudulent amended "zero tax returns" along with filing fraudulent "zero tax returns" seeking refunds of any taxes withheld for income tax for the prior year filings, which Schiff promotes and teaches through the sale of his book "The Federal Mafia How The Government Illegally Imposes and Unlawfully Collects Income Taxes".

1 count of corruptly impeding the administration of the federal tax laws by:

* Filing and promoting the filing of fraudulent W-4 Forms claiming exempt to stop the withholding of Federal income taxes, which Schiff promotes and teaches through the sale of his book "The Federal Mafia How The Government Illegally Imposes and Unlawfully Collects Income Taxes" and what he calls his "W-4 Package".

* Continuing to campaign and harass through intimidation the IRS, its employees and third parties lawfully complying with IRS collection requests by sending letters of threat, which Schiff promotes and teaches through the sale of his "Schiff Reports" and a cd-rom he calls the "Letter and Law Suit Cd".

* For filing frivolous lawsuits and sought the baseless criminal prosecution of IRS collection employees and banks, title companies, and even a recorder of deeds for complying with the laws, which Schiff promotes and teaches through the sale of his "Schiff Reports" and what he calls the "Tax Court Due Process Tool Kit".

The press release issued by the U.S. Attorneys office in Concord New Hampshire can be read here.

Schiff has contended that he has the silver bullet for taking care of the IRS and to stop paying the income tax every time he comes up with a new package to sell. The only ones that seem to get shot by his many silver bullets are those who follow his illogical, ludicrous and ridiculous conclusions and theories from his mis-interpretation and out of context reading of the tax laws, court cases and U.S. Constitution and Steve Swan received a big shot from Schiff's silver bullet gun!

Schiff has always self-proclaimed himself to be the "Nations leading authority on the Federal income tax". Ironically on January 21st, 2004 Schiff filed a brief in the District Court of Nevada Civil Case CV-S-01-0895-PMP (LRL) claiming "Insanity" in his defense for failing to pay his Federal Income Taxes! He contends he suffers from a mental disease or defect and exhibits symptoms of chronic severe delusional personality disorder!

The full brief can be read here.

You must never take some Self-Proclaimed Guru's word for anything. You must always look at the "Evidence" yourself for what it is, not for what you want it to be or some Guru says it is. You must always read Court decisions i.e. "case law" yourself for what they say and refer to, not for what you want them to say and mean or some Guru says they mean.

As you can see when you are brought up and charged criminally for following some Guru's theories the Guru will always leave you out in the cold to fend for yourself stating "If I told him to go rob a bank, would he do it? What is he, an idiot?" while he cops a plea of "insanity" in an attempt to save himself no matter what harm it does to those who rely on him!


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