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NORTHWEST NEWS

Black Man Fatally Shot Outside Bend Nightclub, Man Arrested

A Black man was shot and killed outside a bar by a white man in central Oregon

Cascadia Names New Chief Medical Officer

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How to Tell DEQ to Step Up Its Emissions Caps – And Go Further

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Washington Governor Inslee Asks Feds for Medical Staffing Help

Washington Gov. Jay Inlsee has asked the federal government for assistance staffing hospitals and long-term care facilities in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

NEWS BRIEFS

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New Plaque Honors Black Pioneer Merchant A.H. Francis

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IPAC Announces September 21 Kickoff of the Portland Peace Initiative

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Oregon school board won't fire teacher refusing to wear mask

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Washington justices vacate 46-year sentence for teen killer

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a 46-year sentence for a man who killed his friend’s little sister when he was 17, finding the punishment focused more on retribution than rehabilitation. Timothy Haag of Longview was initially...

Boston College hosts Missouri in juicy ACC-SEC matchup

BOSTON (AP) — ACC vs. SEC. It’s a juicy interconference matchup when Boston College (3-0) hosts Missouri (2-1) on Saturday at Alumni Stadium. BC, a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, will be hosting the first Southeastern Conference school since...

College Football Picks: Neutral sites for 2 ranked matchups

Last week, college football gave fans one of its tastiest, and unfortunately rare, treats when Auburn visited Penn State. Good teams. Great setting. Entertaining game. What college football is all about. This week, not so much. The...

OPINION

Homelessness, Houselessness in the Richest Country in the World: An Uncommon Logic

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American Business Leaders Step Up to Fight Inequities in the South

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Waters Statement on 20th Anniversary of September 11 Attacks

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Letter to the Editor: Reform the Recall

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Azerbaijan files case alleging 'ethnic cleansing' by Armenia

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US court order to house LA Skid Row homeless overturned

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Louisiana state trooper charged in pummeling of Black man

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ENTERTAINMENT

Britney Spears court filing says conservatorship should end

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Owen Wilson, Sudeikis, Malek, Kardashian West to host 'SNL'

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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The AP Interview: Don't isolate the Taliban, Pakistan urges

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The jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself is crumbling

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A Polish bishop punished over abuse cover-up has died

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UK police probe killing of woman walking alone in London

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Kremlin critics to contest online voting in Duma election

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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News

Maximo Garza, 46, of Vancouver, Wash., pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to aiding the preparation of a false tax return. Garza is the pastor for Victory Outreach Church of Portland, a non-denominational church which has operated in Portland for over 15 years. Sentencing is set for January 11, 2010 at 10:00. Garza faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a fine of $100,000.
The Victory Outreach Church recently relocated its congregation to a new site in Southeast Portland.
During the plea hearing before Judge Garr M. King, Garza admitted that he provided
false expense invoices, which purported to reflect public relations and other services provided by Victory Outreach Church to William Thompson, who was then operating a mail order divorce service business using the name Hallwood, Inc. Thompson was able to use the false invoices to take expense deductions on tax returns filed by Hallwood, Inc. in order to fraudulently reduce his tax liability. Thompson pled guilty to tax evasion and was sentenced to a prison term in 2007.
In order to create a paper trail for the false transactions, Thompson would give checks to
Garza purporting to be for payment for the public relations and other services reflected on the invoices. Garza would then deposit the checks into special accounts set up for this purpose.
Garza would retain 5-10% of the gross amount of the checks as a fee and return the balance to Thompson, usually in cash, but occasionally by money order.
Between 2001 and 2003, Garza provided invoices reflecting a total of $735,441 in false
business expenses which Thompson claimed on Hallwood, Inc. corporate tax returns. The false documents enabled Thompson, operating as Hallwood, Inc., to evade an estimated $220,345 in federal taxes. Garza also assisted Thompson in disguising the purchase of a Jaguar automobile using Thompson's funds which had been deposited to one of the special Victory Outreach Church accounts.
Investigation indicates that neither Victory Outreach Church nor its Board of Directors
were aware of the false invoice arrangement between Garza and Thompson until after the fact.
Garza arranged for the special church account statements to be mailed to his residence rather than to the church business office where other church account statements were sent.
Garza also concealed the existence of the special accounts and the invoice activity from
an accountant who was hired to complete an annual review of church financial activity and records. When questioned by an investigator from the State of Oregon, Charitable Activities Section, about Hallwood checks, Garza denied knowing Thompson and falsely claimed that the church had actually performed services for Hallwood, Inc.
The case was investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue
Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Caldwell.

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