INVESTIGATIONS: Fraud in Nixon's Taxes

The question of whether there was fraud involved in the preparation of former President Richard Nixon's income tax returns was resolved last week. His official tax adviser, Edward L. Morgan, pleaded guilty to conspiring with unnamed others to violate the U.S. tax laws by backdating a deed of Nixon's papers to the National Archives in order to obtain an illegal deduction.

Morgan, 36, thus became the fourth law-enforcement official in the Nixon Administration to be charged with a crime. As an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, he had supervised the policing of counterfeit, customs, firearms and alcohol laws. The former Arizona...

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