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NORTHWEST NEWS

GOP Mailer to Oregon Voters Mimics US Census Form

The mailers are labeled "2019 Congressional District Census" and solicit donations to Trump's campaign. Voters are reminded that official U.S. Census Bureau surveys will never ask respondents for money.

Veterans Day: Honoring Those Who Serve and Continue to Serve

On this Veterans Day, the staff at The Skanner News honors all who have served and continue to serve in our nation's armed forces

FBI Reports Cybercrimes are Rising Because of Sophisticated Scams

Oregon man offers warning after he was scammed into giving away his family's life savings to criminals

Worker Who Yelled Racist Slurs at Black Customer Gets Jail

Audio and video showed a disturbing scene, said Deputy District Attorney Nicole Hermann

NEWS BRIEFS

Noose Found at Oregon Health & Science University

Surveillance cameras did not capture the area; investigator are reviewing who had access ...

DEQ Extends Air Quality Advisory Due to Stagnation

DEQ expects the air quality advisory to last until at least Tuesday, Nov. 12 ...

Forest Service Waives Fees in Honor of Veterans Day

The USDA Forest Service will waive fees at day-use recreation sites in Oregon and Washington on Monday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans...

Two Local Nonprofits Announced as Grant Recipients for Portland-Area Programs

Financial Beginnings Oregon and Portland Parks Foundation will receive a total of 0,000 plus leadership resources through Bank of...

State Seeks Volunteers to Rank Investments in Washington’s Outdoors

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office is recruiting 50 volunteers to evaluate grant proposals for parks, boating...

College Football Picks: Auburn at center of all down stretch

Over the next three weeks, Auburn will be in the middle of the action even though the Tigers are outside the playoff race.No. 13 Auburn plays two top-five playoff contenders in No. 5 Georgia (No. 4 CFP) and No. 4 Alabama (No. 5 CFP) at home in November, and depending upon how the Tigers do their...

No. 11 Florida looks for different outcome against Missouri

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida linebacker David Reese insists things will be different against Missouri this week.He believes his team's preparation, focus, effort and intensity will change — along with the outcome. It's imperative if the Gators are going to make it to a New Year's...

OPINION

5 Ways Life Would be Better if it Were Always Daylight Saving Time

A Professor from the University of Washington says DST saves lives and energy and prevents crime ...

Importance of Educators of Color for Black and Brown Students

A new report examines the ways that school leaders of color’s experiences and perspectives influence how they build school culture ...

Atatiana Jefferson, Killed by Police Officer in Her Own Home

Atatiana Jefferson, a biology graduate who worked in the pharmaceutical industry and was contemplating becoming a doctor, lived a life of purpose that mattered ...

“Hell No!” That Is My Message to Those Who Would Divide Us 

Upon release from the South African jail, Nelson Mandela told UAW Local 600 members “It is you who have made the United States of America a superpower, a leader of the world" ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

College Football Picks: Auburn at center of all down stretch

Over the next three weeks, Auburn will be in the middle of the action even though the Tigers are outside the playoff race.No. 13 Auburn plays two top-five playoff contenders in No. 5 Georgia (No. 4 CFP) and No. 4 Alabama (No. 5 CFP) at home in November, and depending upon how the Tigers do their...

No. 11 Florida looks for different outcome against Missouri

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida linebacker David Reese insists things will be different against Missouri this week.He believes his team's preparation, focus, effort and intensity will change — along with the outcome. It's imperative if the Gators are going to make it to a New Year's...

Junkyard Dawgs: No. 5 Georgia's stellar D a team effort

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Kirby Smart has coached some stellar defenses.This might be one of his best.Never mind the lack of star power."They've got some of those same traits as the good defenses I've been able to be around," the Georgia coach said Monday. "But this group probably doesn't have that...

ENTERTAINMENT

Justices could return cable TV race bias suit to lower court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems likely to overturn a lower court ruling in favor of an African-American media mogul and comedian who’s suing cable giant Comcast for racial discrimination.The justices appeared to be in broad agreement Wednesday that an appeals court applied...

Review: Driver brings 6,700 pages to life in ‘The Report’

Of all the statistics involving the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation program — better known as the “Torture Report” — let’s focus on this for a second: It had 38,000 footnotes.This mammoth...

Review: ‘The Good Liar’ pairs Mirren and McKellen

For a blind date, we could hardly do better than Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen.They are brought swiftly together by a computer dating service in the opening minutes of “The Good Liar.” Both click “widowed.” When they cautiously sit down in a quiet London restaurant, and...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Astros can make history if Bregman wins MVP

Alex Bregman will try to give the Houston Astros an unprecedented sweep.If the All-Star slugger is selected the...

China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

HUAILAI, China (AP) — China invited observers to a successful test Thursday of its Mars lander as the...

Iraq’s protests raise question: Where does the oil money go?

BAGHDAD (AP) — Waves of violent protests have engulfed Baghdad and Iraq’s southern provinces, with...

Astros can make history if Bregman wins MVP

Alex Bregman will try to give the Houston Astros an unprecedented sweep.If the All-Star slugger is selected the...

China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

HUAILAI, China (AP) — China invited observers to a successful test Thursday of its Mars lander as the...

Iraq’s protests raise question: Where does the oil money go?

BAGHDAD (AP) — Waves of violent protests have engulfed Baghdad and Iraq’s southern provinces, with...

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By 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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