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"Now you go out and do something wrong with it — somebody gets hurt, what have you, and they say, 'What would ever make you do something that ridiculous?' " he explains. " 'Well, John Michael told me about it.' Then they come after me? Well, I didn't do it. That's exactly what they're doin her [Shirley]."
Poynter's indictment says he made similar claims to his branch managers: "We are not soliciting an OID process or a recoupment process. Don't solicit."
During a 2008 training session in Atlanta, Poynter allegedly told his partners: "Don't put a billboard out telling anybody that this is what we're doing. What I want you to put on the billboard is that we are a professional tax-services company."
The indictment against Shirley Oyer says she was actively recruiting tax clients to file 1099-OID forms, which she benefited from financially.
This week, two defendants pleaded guilty to their roles in the plot. Two others previously pleaded guilty.
The trials of Poynter, Shirley Oyer and six other defendants are scheduled for January 7, 2013. If Oyer is convicted on all counts, she could face up to 35 years in prison, plus fines and restitution.