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Use of a contraband cell phone and other alleged infractions behind bars have prompted the transfer of accused tax cheat Walter Anderson from a privately run detention facility to the D.C. Jail. After Anderson’s February arrest for allegedly dodging more than $200 million in taxes, the D.C. telecom tycoon was deemed a flight risk, and a federal judge ordered him held without bond. Anderson was being jailed at the medium-security Correctional Treatment Facility until a number of violations involving unauthorized communication tactics landed him in the city lockup earlier this month. Before his transfer, defense attorney Abbe Lowell, a partner with Chadbourne & Parke, informed Judge Paul Friedman that detention facility employees were preventing Anderson from meeting with his lawyers, often denying him the opportunity to communicate even by phone. When defense counsel suddenly began receiving calls from Anderson, they assumed the issue had been settled. They didn’t realize, however, that their client solved the problem by breaking the rules. “While we certainly do not condone Mr. Anderson’s use of a contraband cell phone, we also cannot imagine that we would have been able to prepare for his case as readily had we not spoken to him as regularly as we did,” Lowell wrote in a Nov. 18 motion. Guards discovered the phone and placed Anderson in disciplinary segregation pending his relocation. Guards at the facility also accused him of using a secret code to communicate with his girlfriend and of receiving stamps that were “smuggled” in to him via letters. While the defense agreed Anderson should be transferred, they recommended he be moved to a facility in Virginia, not the D.C. Jail. On Dec. 15, Anderson’s attorneys filed another motion for his pretrial release.
Sarah Kelley can be contacted at [email protected].

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