Convicted Tax Dodger Warns Justices Of Prosecutorial Abuse

Law360, New York (November 27, 2017, 7:03 PM EST) -- Carlo Marinello, the convicted tax dodger whose petition to review a statute criminalizing the obstruction of federal tax laws was recently granted by the U.S. Supreme Court, told justices in a brief Wednesday that the government's "elastic interpretation" of the statute could call into question routine business decisions that Congress never intended to criminalize.

Marinello, who is contesting the "omnibus clause" in § 7212(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, used to own a courier freight service in New York before being found guilty under the clause for not keeping financial records, deceiving his own accountant, destroying business records, paying employees in cash...

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