I’ve written about Sharon Kukhahn before. Ms. Kukhahn thought that there was some magical way to decode your IRS file and magically make your taxes disappear! Ms. Kukhahn sold her packages to the public and pocketed $2,000 – $3,000 per sale. As P.T. Barnum said, “There’s one born every minute.”
Back in 2008, the Department of Justice obtained an injunction against her from selling her worthless decoding scheme. (There is no secret IRS file to decode that will make your taxes disappear.) One would think that Ms. Kukhahn would fade into the sunset.
In April 2010 Ms. Kukhahn was arrested, charged with conspiracy and tax evasion. Not only did Ms. Kukhahn allegedly promote phony tax schemes, she also supposedly orchestrated a letter writing campaign to stop the IRS from collecting taxes.
Ms. Kukhahn was found guilty back in May. Ms. Kukhahn supposedly used the proceeds from her scheme to buy a yacht and other worldly goods; meanwhile, many of her clients are suffering under tax debts they’ll never be able to repay.
Sentencing is set for Wednesday.
Now, if you really want a decoder ring, here’s an offer from nearly 60 years ago that (at the time) would get you one. It wouldn’t have removed your taxes, but it was a decoder ring: