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Just before tax time last year, the Justice Department made a big splash by indicting former D.C. telecom tycoon Walter Anderson in what it called the largest case of personal income tax fraud in U.S. history. A year later, Anderson remains in a D.C. jail and his case continues to spin out allegations of bizarre behavior by the former high-flying businessman. In a filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia earlier this month, Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Menzer alleged that Anderson owes the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles $11,695 in unpaid parking tickets dating from 1997. The government claims Anderson schemed to avoid having his vehicles impounded by the city by obtaining a series of new Virginia license plates for five of his vehicles, including three different tag numbers for his 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser. The tickets aren’t the only evidence that Anderson harbors some deep-seated hostility toward parking authorities. In 2002, when federal agents raided Anderson’s home, they found a parking boot used by the Metropolitan Police Department to secure illegally parked cars. Prosecutors also allege that Anderson created a fake W-2 form from one of his companies for a girlfriend who was seeking a mortgage, engaged in witness tampering, and lied to a creditor about “losing” shares in a telecom company. Since his February 2005 indictment, Anderson has continued to run afoul of authorities. He was caught keeping a contraband mobile phone in his prison cell and was recorded on a prison pay phone allegedly plotting to hide offshore assets from the government. Two high-profile D.C. lawyers — Abbe Lowell and John Moustakas — have already dumped Anderson as a client. His current lawyer, Michelle Peterson of the federal public defender’s office, did not return calls.
Jason McLure can be contacted at [email protected].

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