posted on Nov, 12 2011 @ 05:06 PM
I have seen and heard these stories everywhere, not just on ATS, but in my personal and professional life as well. Some of the instances are truly
horrendous and I was once naive enough to sincerely believe it would never happen to me. Obviously, I was wrong. I will explain my situation and then
offer the opportunity for others to contribute with events of their own or other input. I will accept criticism if the reader feels it is necessary.
My ego left a long time ago.
In the months since I posted a thread on ATS about what was beginning to look like government oppression, my family, myself, and my business have come
under intense scrutiny by the US government. The details are so disconcerting that personally, even I would think it stretches credulity beyond the
breaking point meaning I would have serious trouble believing my own story....... if it wasn't happening to those I love. The bullying has become so
severe I worry without end if I will be able to provide for my family. Unfortunately, there are far too many details to list here so please understand
I will be as brief as possible, and I understand how hard it may be to accept or believe.
In short, the hospice business my wife and I built almost 12 years ago is staving off bankruptcy due to governmental interference, bullying, abuse,
and an intolerable amount of harassment. In the process, regional directors of major governmental departments have been proven to knowingly lie to my
staff and ourselves with absolute impunity and no apparent recourse available. At one point, they actually sequestered an employee and tried to force
her to sign a completely falsified statement (naming herself as the author) which they needed and had written stating we had repeatedly broken the
Gratefully, she had the morals and ethics they lack and she refused.
When we started our business, I personally performed extensive due diligence in order to accurately represent to clients that we would be able to keep
them in compliance with rules, laws, and regulations. I approached every one of the pertinent regulatory agencies, both state and federal to gather
details regarding appropriate cooperation and compliance with said legislation governing caring for the dying. I took great care in incorporating the
necessary regulations into our business model and forwarded copies of our policies and procedures to each authoritative agency.
We were granted full acceptance by all for the effort.
Without warning, the IRS, TWC, State of Texas Tax whatever, the US Dept. of Labor, and the IRS have now descended on us with full force. In short
order we have been forced into personal bankruptcy, and in the process was forced to accept liability of over $100,000 in taxes the IRS arbitrarily
assessed after telling us at first we were in full compliance. This past week, the IRS has returned saying they want to assess an additional $125,000
onto the amount we already can't pay and never owed in the first place. The DOL and others also have reversed their approval of our business
standards and are assessing huge sums of unpayable and unattainable dollars in fines, penalties, and bills they say we owe regardless of their
previous assurance we were doing what we were supposed to be doing. After forcing us into personal bankruptcy, we became the only people I have ever
heard of who filed bankruptcy and our monthly bills and payments actually went up after filing-- all because the government piled so much
corporate debt (that we proved the company never owed). It is an impossibility to maintain these payments due largely in part to the fact that they
have scared off many of our customers, referral sources, and staff. The DOL even went so far as to call our staff and encourage them to either sue us
or file additional government action against us.
I have begged for an independent investigation. I have opened my books and participated to the highest of my ability. Since there is nothing to hide,
they had to manufacture problems which are so subjective I cannot find legal representation willing to take our case on contingency. Given the chance,
we could without doubt be able to show our ethics, morals, and legal compliance has always been truly exemplary.
My wife is well beyond the breaking point, and I fear not only for her safety, but for her mental well-being. This has become a burden of
indescribable stress and pressure. To her credit, she holds herself together quite admirably because we want to buffer as much as possible away from
our 11 year old son. He is impressively intuitive, and asks quite detailed and probing questions, but we take every precaution we can think of to
shield him for as long as we can. He is an emotional hyper sensitive kid who sincerely empathizes with those who hurt and are hurting and often takes
on a great deal of grief on behalf of or in support of those around him who are suffering. I could not be more proud of a child for caring so much,
but it is far too much for a child of his age to bear. I fear for his safety and and absolutely terrorized whenever I read articles about children his
age or even younger who take their own lives due to whatever excess pressures, real or perceived, in their lives. If anything were to happen to him, I
pray with all my heart that God will strike me and save me from what otherwise would surely cause me to become irreversibly insane.
I have tried and tried and tried to understand why this is happening and the only thing I can come up with is that I had the audacity to claim they
were wrong when they first showed up. I have been threatened with jail, confiscation of all my family owns or ever will own, and I fear greatly for my
wife and son's well-being. I also feel I have a responsibility to warn others about the reality of governmental persecution. Be very careful when
challenging the US government. Maybe you can survive, but can your family? Be careful.
If you have any interactions with the government, please feel free to share. It may or may not be entirely cathartic, but perhaps someone will see
something in your story to help you or the next person it will happen to. I do hope we at ATS will be able to care for our own,