March 10, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
MILLS TAX PROTESTER GUILTY OF FORGERY
61-year-old Woman Contended Slave Descendants Not Subject to Taxation
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. and Comptroller William Donald Schaefer
jointly announced today that Dolores E. Scott, 61, an Owings Mills
pediatric nurse who owes over $20,000 in back taxes, pled guilty
today to one count of forgery, for having forged two documents last
year in order to get lifted the garnishment the Comptroller had
inserted against 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.
to the Statement of Facts, each of the forged documents were sent
by fax and included a line at the top of each document that read,
"From Scott Residence". Additionally, one of the forged
documents Scott submitted was signed in the name of an "Elaine
Batiste," who supposedly was a Revenue Agent in the Compliance
Division of the Comptrollers Office. There is no such person
working anywhere in the Comptrollers Office. It is curious
to note, however, that "Elaine" is Ms. Scotts middle
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.
battle with the taxing authorities is not limited to the Maryland
Comptrollers Office, but included the Internal Revenue Service
as well. There the problem escalated to an arrest, due to her abusive
and harassing conduct involving a federal revenue officer assigned
to her case. In May 1991, the U. S. Attorneys Office filed
obstruction charges against Ms. Scott, charging her with threatening
the life of the revenue officer and of her family. Ms. Scott entered
a guilty plea to the charge in July 1991, and was sentenced to three
years of supervised probation, with the special condition that she
not visit the I.R.S. without permission of her probation officer
or in the company of her tax attorney.
maximum sentence for forgery is 10 years incarceration and a $1,000
fine. Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Cavanaugh set
sentencing for April 16, 2003, at 9:30 a.m.