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A federal jury has returned guilty verdicts on all counts against Dr. James Francis Murphy and his wife, Denise Christine Murphy, for their decade-long dodging of taxes. They practiced osteopathic medicine in Encinitas and Omaha, Nebraska, and in some years made as much as $1 million, while paying almost no taxes.

To evade taxes, they used a number of gimmicks: a bogus trust; claiming they were not citizens of the U.S.; fraudulently presenting bonds and notes they claimed were worth hundreds of millions of dollars as tax payments; fraudulently claiming that the money they paid to credit card companies, utilities, and vendors were actually withholdings of federal income taxes, entitling them to refunds; and claiming that the then–secretary of the treasury was their fiduciary who was responsible for paying their taxes.

They will appear for sentencing September 14.

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shirleyberan June 20, 2014 @ 8:36 p.m.

Do you think 10 years is easy to pretend?

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Don Bauder June 21, 2014 @ 8:16 a.m.

shirleyberan: It sounds like this couple pulled out a new gimmick almost every year until the government couldn't take it anymore and clamped down. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder June 21, 2014 @ 9:26 a.m.

shirleyberan: They didn't suffer until they got caught. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan June 21, 2014 @ 9:31 a.m.

I would think they suffered from the time they got caught up with each other. I get it, your marriage is different, no criminal activity involved.

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Don Bauder June 21, 2014 @ 10:11 a.m.

shirleyberan: I don't know this, but I would guess they belong to one of these fringe groups professing that paying taxes is immoral or illegal. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh June 22, 2014 @ 9:47 p.m.

I'd avoid seeking treatment or care from any sawbones who engaged in this sort of tax evasion. He could easily be coming up with bogus diagnoses and bogus treatments while failing to see real illnesses.

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Don Bauder June 22, 2014 @ 9:52 p.m.

Visduh: I agree. You don't want certain doctors laying a hand on you. If he is dishonest enough to cheat on taxes for a decade, you have no idea what he will pull on you. Best, Don Bauder

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