August 22, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
MILLS TAX PROTESTER CHARGED WITH FORGERY
60-year-old Woman Contends Slave Descendants Not
Subject to Taxation
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. and Comptroller William Donald Schaefer
jointly announced today the filing of felony forgery charges in
Baltimore County Circuit Court against Dolores E. Scott, 60, an
Owings Mills nurse who owes over $20,000 in back taxes.
of Rebecca Court in Owings Mills, was charged with forging court
and agency documents in an effort to lift garnishment orders that
had been assessed against her wages in order to pay the back taxes
she owed. Scott, who has litigated and lost her claims of immunity
from taxes, is accused of creating two different forged documents,
which she served on her employer to get them to stop garnishing
her wages. The Comptrollers Office found out about the alleged
forgeries, re-instituted the garnishments, and referred the matter
to the Attorney General for prosecution.
her dispute with the Comptrollers Office is Scotts belief
that as an African American descendant of slaves brought to America
against their will, she was not a citizen subject to income taxation.
She has lost that argument in every court that has heard it, the
most recent being the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in a reported
opinion, Scott v. Comptroller of the Treasury, 105 Md. App. 215
maximum sentence for forgery is 10 years incarceration and a $1,000
fine. The charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed
innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.