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Encyclopedia > Robert Clarkson

Robert Barnwell Clarkson is a famous tax protester in South Carolina. He graduated from law school in 1970. He was brought up on lawyer misconduct charges in 1976. In 1977 he was indicted on numerous accounts of preparing fraudelent tax returns and presenting false claims to the department of the treasury. Also in 1978 his lawyer misconduct hearings were concluded at the South Carolina State Supreme court and he was disbarred. Official language(s) English Capital Columbia Largest city Columbia Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 40th 82,965 km² 320 km 420 km 6 32°430N to 35°12N 78°030W to 83°20W Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 26th 4,012...


In 1978 he was convicted of several felonies and given a suspended sentence with 5 years probabtion, under the condition that he not be involved with income tax schemes. In 1979 he violated his probabtion and was sent to federal prison.


In 1984 he was paroled on the condition that he not be involved with income tax schemes. One year later he violated his parole and was again sent back to federal prison.


In 1989 Clarkson started the Carolina Patriots with Flerners and Rubel. They taught classes on how to evade the IRS. Numerous clients had legal problems after taking their advice. In 1994, a federal agent attended their class and they were all charged with felony conspiracy and sentenced to 57 months in prison. In 1995 the 4th circuit court of appeals heard the case and upheld the conviction. In 1996 the US Supreme Court upheld the conviction.


Following his release from prison the third time, Clarkson founded the Patriot Network with Nelson Waller. He sells books that claim to teach you how to avoid paying taxes, holds tax protester meetings, and has a three day seminar planned for September of 2006.


In September of 2005, the US Department of Justice filed an injunction against Clarkson in the US Federal Court district of South Carolina. The DOJ is asking that the court to bar Clarkson from selling his tax schemes and holding classes. They are also asking asking that the court require Clarkson to hand over the names and addresses of his clients.


 
 

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