Draft Hypothetical Indictment Based on Frank Lyon Facts

John A. Townsend

University of Houston School of Law; Townsend and Jones, LLP

July 16, 2012

This is a draft hypothetical indictment based on Frank Lyon Co. v. United States, 435 U.S. 561 (1978). I agree with a scholar's comment that "Tax shelters have been blamed on shoddy promoters, but few shelters are shoddier than those approved by the Court in [Frank] Lyon and [Clay] Brown." Charles I. Kingson, How Tax Thinks, 37 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 1031, 1035 (2004). Based on my involvement in the KPMG criminal tax shelter case, I have fashioned a criminal indictment using the claims in the KPMG criminal indictment and applying them to some extrapolated facts in Frank Lyon. I have done this solely for teaching purposes to show how easy it would be to use the KPMG indictment as a template to indict transactions that were blessed by the Supreme Court by using broad Klein/defraud conspiracy allegations.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 10

Keywords: Conspiracy, Klein Conspiracy, Defraud Conspiracy, Tax Shelters

JEL Classification: K14, H26

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Date posted: July 17, 2012  

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Townsend, John A., Draft Hypothetical Indictment Based on Frank Lyon Facts (July 16, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2109424 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2109424

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