The Whistleblower blog was started in 2008. Look for posts by these contributors: James Eli Shiffer, Jane Friedmann, Brandon Stahl, Eric Roper and Alejandra Matos. | Check out the Whistleblower archive.

Find us on Facebook and Twitter. Find our watchdog and investigative work at The Investigators.

The Star Tribune's journalists need your help blowing the whistle in Minnesota. Contact us here.

Lawyer convicted in tax scam is disbarred

Posted by: Jane Friedmann under Whistleblower Updated: March 13, 2013 - 5:59 PM

 A St. Paul lawyer who filed as many as 1,800 fraudulent tax returns and bilked the state and a retailer out of millions of dollars was disbarred by the Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday.

In 1996, William J. Morris Jr. and his mother started a company called CyberStudy to provide free online tutoring to mainly low-income minorities. Students were promised a free computer and Internet access, the court’s order said.
 
Morris forged power-of-attorney forms and filed state tax returns for students, claiming an education credit, the order stated. About $2.35 million in tax credit payments were sent to the company’s bank account. When the state rejected a tax return, Morris would try to get the student to pay him directly and would threaten to have the student deported if he or she didn’t pay, according to the order.
 
The business also failed to pay Kmart for 2,284 computers worth about $1.2 million.
 

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT