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01-29-2005, 07:22 AM
Nationally known tax protester found guilty in Sacramento
By Sam Stanton -- Bee Staff Writer

Published 5:16 pm PST Friday, January 28, 2005

A nationally known tax protester who believed income taxes are illegal was found guilty Friday of multiple counts of filing false tax returns and failing to withhold taxes from employees after representing himself at trial in federal court.

Walter A. "Al" Thompson, whose anti-tax philosophies landed him a spot on "60 Minutes II" and in numerous stories in the New York Times, faces 63 years in prison and $3.25 million in fines when he is to be sentenced April 13 in U.S. District Court in Sacramento.

So how'd he do as a lawyer in the complex legal case?

"Not very well," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Twiss, who along with prosecutor Carolyn K. Delaney successfully convicted Thompson of 13 counts of tax law violations.

Thompson was acquitted on the major count in the indictment, which charged him with conspiracy to defraud the United States.

"He was stoic, he had no visible reaction (to the verdict)," Twiss added.

That tone was far removed from his boasts to the national media four years ago about his decision to stop withholding income taxes from his employees' paychecks in 2000. At the time, Thompson owned a Shasta Lake company that had 25 employees who manufactured flight bags.

"Thompson said that he felt that the income tax system was illegal and that they didn't have to pay taxes," court documents say, adding that new employees at the company were not even allowed to fill out W-4 income reporting forms.

Thompson was not shy about his beliefs, holding one meeting with employees that was videotaped and included a co-defendant, Joseph Banister, telling the workers he agreed with Thompson's beliefs, court documents state.

Banister, a San Jose certified public accountant and former Internal Revenue Service agent, faces trial in June.

Link (http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/12162907p-13033025c.html)

01-29-2005, 08:18 AM
maybe he can share a cell with Irwin Schiff