New York Post, July 23, 2008
Looks like Rev. Slick has copped a plea. So to speak.
The US Attorney’s Office has called off a criminal probe of Al Sharpton’s mysterious personal and professional finances, accepting instead the reverend’s promise to make good on up to $9 million in unpaid back taxes, interest and penalties.
Sharpton’s word being what it is, the G-men better have it in writing—with multiple copies.
Even so, New York authorities—who have stood aside as the feds proceeded—will now be stepping up to the plate.
Criminal charges are said to be unlikely—but The Rev owes Albany gazillions, too, so there’s more to come on this story.
Two fires—six years apart—conveniently destroyed Sharpton’s financial records just as he was about to turn them over to government officials.
Clearly, the Rev. Al was feeling a different sort of heat—which is why last month he tried to enlist House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers to investigate his “harassment” at the hands of the IRS.
We’re sorry the feds have decided that no criminal charges were warranted. (That’s our right, of course—Sharpton isn’t the only one allowed to object to the outcome of criminal proceedings.)
As to why the feds decided to settle things civilly, who knows?
Or maybe those corporations recently reported by the The Post to have been paying Sharpton handsomely—right on the heels of his threats to target them with “racism” demonstrations—decided not to cooperate.
Then again, maybe the feds simply held the threat of an indictment over Sharpton’s head until he agreed to a figure the IRS thought adequate.
Now, where might they have come up with that idea?