Wednesday, July 10, 2013

S-R: Phil Hart Fires Back ... Again ... At Charges That He Lied About Income, Assets

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Phil Hart is at it again.

The Spokesman Review reports that the controversial former Idaho legislator is continuing to deny that he has been shielding his assets as feds continue their prosecution of tax dodging-charges against Hart.

The S-R's Betsy Russell reports that Hart denied U.S. Justice Department allegations that he hid income from a bankruptcy trustee and that U.S. attorney Adam Strait, "was making false statements to the court, not me."

Hart chose to stop filing income taxes in 1995 as he continued to claim that federal income taxes were illegal. After losing argument after argument in hearings and court proceedings, the Internal Revenue Service continued its effort to collect more than $500,000 in back taxes, interest and penalties. Hart insists that the amount is "trumped up" and "exaggerated."

Strait argued, in federal court filings, that Hart had lied under oath, concealed or destroyed records, and hid income and assets. But Hart fired back, saying, "None of the his allegations are true."

Hart served five terms in the Idaho Legislature before losing his House seat in a 2012 Republican primary.

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