JUDGMENTS: A Big Check From the IRS

JUDGMENTS: A Big Check From the IRS

With April 15 at hand, it somehow seems fitting that the IRS has a big payment to make. In what may be one of the largest awards ever levied against the agency, a federal judge in Houston ruled last week that the Federal Government must pay $10.9 million to Elvis Johnson, a retired Galveston insurance executive.

Johnson, now 69, sued the IRS in 1983, claiming that the agency had destroyed his career. Two years earlier, a federal prosecutor had promised not to disclose a plea bargain in which Johnson settled a $6,000 tax-evasion case. Instead the IRS trumpeted details of the...

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