The prosecuting attorney for the IRS case against Mike Iaone, the one who got him thrown in prison, was one Mr. Mark E. Cullers, assistant U.S. Attorney at the United States Department of Justice. He works under Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney for the Obama Administration who is now being held in Contempt of Congress for not providing them with documentation concerning the botched “Fast & Furious” weapons tracking program. A program which resulted in the death of a Border Patrol agent, shot by one of the guns sold to Mexican Drug Cartels by the ATF. It seems botched programs and useless cases (i.e. John Edwards), are the earmark of the present administration which seems to be totally inept when it comes to executing their duties. Instead of prosecuting major arrests of drug cartel killers and other major criminal players, Mr. Cullers has recently been involved in several cases where he seems to find people like pediatricians or chiropractors who owe back taxes and makes criminals out of them. He spins a case against them, saying they defrauded the government or impeded some investigation the IRS had trumped up then extracts money from them, ruins their lives and goes on to do more damage. Cullers seems to be “making his bones” in the Dept. of Justice by busting common citizens for tax evasion. All well and good, if he did not continually lie about how much money is really owed, and about how guilty the parties he attacks really are…(as in the case of Mike Ioane they aren’t guilty of anything at all.) Mark E. Culler’s main claim to fame seems to be prosecuting cases against fairly harmless individuals with the tag-line “No one is above the law!” Except that Mark Cullers acts above the law at all times. Which I will show in other articles, and no one is investigating him. The Obama Administration seems to be working above the law in providing guns to murderers across the border and then not tracing them until someone here in the U.S. is killed with one. Eric Holder seems to believe he is above the law as well, saying he need not furnish pertinent documents to the congressional committee.
What Mark Cullers did by trying to put Mike Ioane in prison over some inane squabble between the IRS and Dr. Vincent S. Booth and his wife, (whom the IRS claimed owed them 2.3 million!) goes far beyond the spirit or letter of the law. It seems the Old IRS, the ones who used to love to drive “tax-evaders” into ruin, prison or suicide (the ones we thought the Clinton Senate had gotten rid of…) are back.
(I explain the details of the Booth IRS/Real Estate case and how it entrapped Michael Ioane in my other blog: The IRS Deadly Web: The First Strands Part 1, there are three parts)
Using techniques of threats and cajoling, agents of the IRS were able to get Dr. Booth, a chiropractor in Bakersfield, CA, to perjure himself in a court of law and recant previous testimony given in the same court. Booth’s initial testimony had absolved Mike Ioane of all wrong-doing. When the case came before Judge Lawrence O’Neil at the U.S. district court Fresno, California , suddenly Dr. Booth plea bargained with the IRS and reversed his testimony. Suddenly his tax situation went from 2.3 million to 1.3 million, then down to 207K. Booth condemned Iaone as some sort of personal Rasputin…steering the poor chiropractor and his wife by some magical means, to make up fake trusts, and hide the properties the IRS wanted, even before they had met him! This, all in order to conceal these tasty morsels from the righteous eyes of the IRS! Whom, because of the ineptitude of their agents, found themselves bereft of the ability to seize properties illegally! How very sad.
Booth and the IRS now contended that it was Booth, being duped and manipulated by Ioane, who set up a series of sham trusts. This was the seedy case Mark E. Cullers brought to bear against Michael Scott Ioane, a case which must have cost the US government quite a bit of tax-payer money. Like “Fast and Furious” and other Dept. of Justice “stings,” it was neither a sting, nor just and in the end it was a failure. It was just another case of ineptitude, cover-up and dubious legal practices on the part of the U.S. Justice Dept. the ATF, DEA, IRS, FBI and other departments under the Obama Administration’s policies and procedures, seems to have become useless and inept arms of some dubious police-state that are making a lot of fast and furious bad moves.
During the prosecution of the criminal case Mark Cullers lied to the Grand jury, lied to Judge Lawrence O’Neil, held back pertinent information from the court, caused Booth to perjure himself and got a conviction of an innocent man based on these lies and prevarications using a “witness” who had already been convicted of fraud and tax-evasion in collusion with Booth! Cullers also lied to the Grand Jury, insisting that Mike Ioane was in arrears on his back taxes to the tune of 2.9 million dollars! This was a patent prevarication that Cullers used to try to sway the grand jury that Ioane was already guilty of defrauding the IRS when he knew that Ioane only owed 60K and that was in dispute. (At any rate, Ioane’s possible owing of back taxes is proof of nothing and should not have influenced the case in any instance…Cullers was simply trying to sway the judge and jury.) Cullers was able to use his influence with the court to throw a man in Federal Lock-up and nearly ruin his life. All for what? Apparently for nothing! Ioane has been released from prison based on the fact that had he been given a fair trial, he could have proven that he in no way had ever helped the Booths do anything but manage their properties and legitimate trusts, which was the job they hired him for. Why would Cullers and the Obama run Dept. of Justice do this? Well it could be because Mike Ioane was the author of the seminal book, The Boston Tea Party, which helped launch the Tea Party political revolt. It may be that the Justice dept. has a grudge against people who believe that it is the politicians, banks and the government itself who are working “above the law” and outside the bounds of the Constitution. It also seems to be that many of the top officials and prosecutors on the Obama payroll tend to be highly placed minorities and the people being badgered and ruined are wealthy white people. Why is Obama selling guns to Mexican nationals who are running into Arizona and robbing and killing white ranchers? Why is he going after white tax-evaders who are usually well-placed and upstanding citizens of their communities? Perhaps there is some non-specific class war going on here? Still, Obama hired a series of hugely wealthy white bankers from Lehman Bros. and Goldman-Sachs to run the finances of his administration. Who them is manipulating who and for what purpose?
I will deal with this subject more in my next post.
Tom Horne: Investigator.