Joseph R. "Joe" Banister

Saturday, May 17, 2003


Franchise Tax Board Lawsuits

Paul Ballmer, who won and collected a $250,000 Judgment against the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) in 2001, asked me to forward information in connection with various lawsuits filed against the Franchise Tax Board. An excerpt from Paul's announcement appears below:


One of the lawsuits, has a single plaintiff, Judy Welch. Welch?s case is scheduled for trial on July 21, 2003 in Orange County Superior Court. In preparation for the trial, we want to depose two FTB employees in Sacramento. A deposition is a court proceeding in which a person (an FTB employee here) is questioned live, under oath. Judy Welch is entitled to ask A LOT of questions about how the FTB illegally operates and systematically violates the law.

If you live in the Sacramento area, or are willing to travel to Sacramento, you may be able to attend this "public" deposition of these two FTB employees. The purpose of inviting you, "the public", is to expose the deceit and fraud, which is so prevalent in the FTB's activities.

Public depositions are rare, and we are still researching the requirements and ramifications. We are not 100% certain that you, "the public", will be able to attend. Attendance may be limited to only the attorneys and parties to the lawsuit.

If you are interested in watching these FTB employees sweat while they confess to FTB?s illegal activities, your preliminary input to attend this deposition is needed to arrange for the proper sized room, number of chairs etc., and to give the necessary advance notice to the Attorney General's Office which represents the FTB.

To commit to attend the deposition, please email Paul Ballmer immediately at alpinemarketing@yahoo.com



Joseph R. (Joe) Banister, C.P.A.
Former IRS Criminal Investigation Division Special Agent