Sunday, December 14, 2008

The President: Request

The Washington Times reports telecommunications executive Walter C. Anderson has filed for a commutation of sentence. Anderson, who is serving a 9-year sentence, is the star of what authorities called "the biggest personal tax evasion case in U.S. history." In 2006, the Department of Justice summarized his conviction as follows: "plead guilty to two counts of federal tax evasion and one count of defrauding the District of Columbia for failing to report approximately $365 million of income on his 1998 and 1999 federal returns."

Authorities say Anderson evaded paying taxes through a complex network of offshore corporations that earned at least $450 million from 1995 to 1999. Prosecutors originally sought to make him to pay more than $200 million to the IRS. But a judge sentenced Anderson to pay the D.C. government $22.8 million in restitution and declined to order restitution totaling more than $200 million to the IRS.

Anderson's wild card? Things he heard while sitting in jail next to a murder suspect and his appearance before a grand jury which assisted in the two convictions. Now Anderson also says he plead guilty because he couldn't prepare for trial inside the D.C. Jail, which he described as "hellhole with daily sleep deprivation and other tortures." See full story here.

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