Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Christian Coalition Founder Flees

From The Star Tribune:

Robert B. Beale, founder of the Minnesota Christian Coalition, who has campaigned against tax laws owes at least $1.6 million. The IRS says he did not show up in federal court the millionaire CEO of a Maple Grove computer products company has been working overtime to keep himself from the clutches of federal authorities.

Robert B. Beale has written to President Bush and U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales requesting that charges against him be dismissed. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.

Beale allegedly drew $5.7 million in income from Comtrol between 2000 and 2004, and paid no state or federal taxes, court records say. In a trial brief filed last week, Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Rank wrote that Beale "engaged in a concerted effort with others at Comtrol to conceal and disguise the source, location and amount of Beale's income."

In federal documents he filed himself, Beale has accused the government of engaging in fraud and seeking to deprive him of his liberty. He fired his attorney, Dan Scott, saying that for Scott to represent Beale, the person, is "an absurdity." He has kept Scott on to represent him as a "corporate entity."

Robert's son, Bradford Beale, said his father is no longer involved in politics with the Christian Coalition. He said he would have preferred that his father would have made his court date Monday. "The whole Beale family as well as the company would like this concluded as soon as possible," he said.

So a person who wants to fight for not paying for taxes? Is that what a righteous person would do?

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