The Sun Newspaper is reporting in their Monday 10th of December issue, that Dominican Goodwill Ambassador Rudolph King has been arrested and charged by the American Inland Revenue Services. The article goes on to say:
He was given the responsibility to research and promote trade, cultural and investment opportunities for Dominica, particularly in the Middle East.The Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit first said he had severed ties with him, and then fiercely defended him, despite numerous questions about his character.
Now, Dominicanâ€™s goodwill ambassador, the controversial Bahamian businessman, Rudolph King, has a new temporary address â€“ a United States Jail for presenting a false claim to the American Internal Revenue Services for a tax refund totaling US$ 2.7 million dollars.
When Mr king was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador to Dominica, Prime Minister Skerrit went on national radio to forcefully defend Mr. Kingâ€™s appointment as one that was good for Dominica. I’m wondering if Mr. SKerrit is still defending the actions of Mr.King; and is it still a good move for Dominica? Letâ€™s hear your comments.
Here’s the story as I found it at LawFuel.com:
It’s the Internal, not the Inland, Revenue Service, and the man is not Dominican. He will get his day in court. Meanwhile, he should not be retained as Goodwill Ambassador, in my opinion.
SAN FRANCISCOâ€“ LAWFUEL – United States Attorney Scott N. Schools announced that a federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted Rudolph Kermit King aka Klever Rosales, of Nassau, The Bahamas, with filing a false claim with the IRS. This charge is the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation.
According to the indictment, on or about September 20, 2007, in the Northern District of California, Mr. King, presented a claim to the IRS for refund of taxes in the amount of $2,700,000, knowing such claim to be false.
An affidavit filed by an IRS-CI Special Agent in connection with a criminal complaint filed in the same matter alleges that Rudolph King (King) using the name Klever Rosales filed a false claim with the IRS. The false claim asserted that Rosales is the president of Salute Greatness, Inc., a company located in Beverly Hills, CA. On or about July 26, 2007, Mr. King, using the name Klever Rosales, submitted a fraudulent international money order payment to the IRS in the amount of $2.7 million. Mr. King, again using the name Klever Rosales, contacted the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) and requested an expedited refund for $2.7 million. He claimed the payment was made in error and wanted the funds returned as soon as possible. On September 20, 2007, he faxed a fraudulent claim to the TAS in the amount of $2.7 million, along with additional documents which appeared to be fraudulent, in order to substantiate his false claim.
Mr. King was arrested on November 16, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA and made his initial appearance the same day in federal court. The defendant is currently in custody.
The maximum statutory penalty for each count of making or presenting a false claim in violation of Title 18, U.S.C. Â§ 287 is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. Â§ 3553.
An indictment contains only allegations against an individual and, as with all defendants, Mr. King must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Thomas M. Newman is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Kathy Tat. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation.
yah skerrit again! gush I don’t know how many bad decision this Prime Minister has to make for Dominicans to start protesting his position. This guy is incompetent. Gone are the days of MAMO! boy boy boy.. Dem good old days!
Dr.King is the Best thing ever happend for Dominica.
Sure wants he pays his taxes! The IRS is usually right. We all should share the burden.