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Donald Turner, Wrote A Book About Not Paying Taxes, Convicted Of Conspiring To Defraud IRS

Donald Turner Tax Fraud

First Posted: 09/16/11 06:06 PM ET Updated: 11/16/11 05:12 AM ET

A former Littleton, Colo. resident, Donald Turner (also known as Donald Wood), has been found guilty of conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, CBSDenver reports.

According to a Department of Justice press release, Turner wrote and promoted a book entitled “Tax Free! How the Super Rich Do It,” a program that shows readers how to avoid paying federal income tax.

And that’s just what Daniel Leveto, a Meadville, Pa., veterinarian did -- he purchased one of Turner’s programs in 1991 and followed the instructions. Leveto sold his veterinary business to an alleged offshore entity called Center Company to hide the income from the IRS. However, Leveto actually retained control over the veterinary business. For which, Leveto was convicted in 2005 and sentenced to nearly four years in prison, 7News reports.

GoErie reports that Turner, who was indicted along with Leveto in 2001, turned himself in to federal authorities in 2010.

Turner now faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. His sentence hearing is scheduled for January 2012, according to The Denver Post.

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Filed by Matt Ferner  |