Tuesday, January 21, 2014
New York Post: Man Wins $862K for Tripping at IRS Audit:
A Long Island man tripped over a telephone cord during an audit, sued the IRS and came away $862,000 richer — and he doesn’t have to pay any taxes on the windfall, The Post has learned.
William Berroyer, 66, the father of a Suffolk County cop, claimed he could no longer enjoy activities from golf to sex because of injuries suffered when the cord wrapped around his leg in a Hauppauge IRS office in 2008.
The IRS argued that Berroyer, of Nesconset, was exaggerating his injuries, but Judge Arthur Spatt found the agency liable for pain and suffering, court papers show.
The former businessman was hammering out a repayment deal with the IRS for his $60,000 bill when he was injured. ...
Berroyer claimed he and his wife had sex several times a week before the injury, but could manage only a single monthly session after the accident.
IRS attorneys accepted that he fell because of the wayward wire — but argued that Berroyer was grossly exaggerating his injuries to score a payday.