Friday, June 24, 2005
A former Criminal Investigation (CI) Division special agent who left the IRS in 1999 over disagreements about the validity of the federal income tax, Banister was exonerated of conspiring to defraud the IRS and of helping Cencal Aviation Products proprietor Walter A. "Al" Thompson file false returns for tax years 1996-1998. Thompson was found guilty of tax evasion and failure to withhold in January 2005 and was sentenced to six years in prison.
Other big tax protestor cases scheduled for trial this summer include:
- Larken Rose (section 861 shtick) in Philadelphia in July
- Irwin Schiff (pay no income tax shtick) in Las Vegas in August