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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Lawyer and CPA Indcited

The Arizona Republic reports that Steven W. Allen, a lawyer, and Allen P. Goodmansen, CPA have been indicted for preparing foreign trusts for the sole purpose of avoiding Federal taxes.  Goodmanson prepared false tax returns attempting to indicate that the taxpayer did not live in the United States. 

This is reprehensible behavior by licensed individuals that put themselves out as "professionals."  Allen had a website which purported to have "Secrets of Wealth Preservation."  I guess one of the secrets is not to pay your taxes ....

Goodmansen is a principal of SPG Network Financial, a company that purports to find "creative" solutions to meet a client's objectives.  Apparently that objective must have been breaking the law.  Anyone working with SPG Network FInancial, or Goodmansen's associates Lonnie Hawkins or Michael McLaughlin might want to start asking some questions.

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