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Texas Man Arrested For Pushing Park Ranger Enforcing Social Distancing Into a Lake

Brandon Hicks is being charged with attempted assault on a public servant.

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A Texas man is being charged with assault on a public servant after pushing a park ranger who was enforcing social distancing rules into a lake.

The assault was captured on video. A man can be seen shoving a unformed park ranger into a body of water shortly after the ranger tells crowds at the park to maintain six feet of distance from one another.

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The man can be seen climbing out of the body of water and running off shortly after. The event occurred at Lake Austin near Austin, Texas. Sources describe the park ranger as having responded to the situation after youths were found to be illegally smoking and drinking at the scene.

An affidavit for Hicks’ arrest makes it clear that the authorities see this as no laughing matter. Hicks can be seen smiling with amusement in his mugshot photo after his arrest, raising questions as to how seriously the 25-year old Texas man is taking the situation.

Brandon’s intentional and reckless action could have caused the Ranger to strike his head on the dock as he was falling, and render himself unconscious in at least 3 feet of water where he could have drowned to death.

Social distancing is frustrating for everyone, but long-awaited relaxation of coronavirus restrictions don’t given anyone a license to act like an idiot.

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Texas Software Billionaire Charged in Largest Tax Fraud Indictment in US History

He’s accused of hiding $2 billion from taxes.

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A Texas software billionaire is being charged with tax evasion in a case federal prosecutors are describing as the largest incidence of tax fraud in American history.

79-year old Robert Brockman was charged in a 39-count indictment that includes charges of money laundering, conspiracy, wire fraud, and tax evasion, with an indictment being unsealed by the US Attorney for the District of San Francisco on Thursday.

Brockman is the CEO of the Reynolds & Reynolds Company, which develops software for automotive companies. He’s being accused of hiding more than $2 billion in capital gains from the IRS, utilizing a complex scheme of companies and trusts registered in notorious Caribbean tax havens such as the British Virgin Islands to conceal his wealth.

Brockman is alleged to have intentionally destroyed electronic devices, documents and other pieces of evidence that would reveal the nature of his tax avoidance system in the unsealed indictment. He was released from jail custody on a $1 million bond Thursday, and has plead not guilty to the charges.

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David Anderson, a San Francisco federal prosecutor, described the magnitude of Brockman’s alleged tax cheating setup at a press conference announcing the charges on Thursday. “The allegation of a $2 billion tax fraud is the largest-ever tax charge against an individual in the United States,” he said.

The evidence that led to the indictment of Brockman was largely obtained from another billionaire, Robert Smith. Smith agreed to a non-prosecution with federal authorities earlier this month for tax evasion of his own, providing information on tax avoidance schemes utilized by the ultra-wealthy.

Greed of this nature is absolutely sickening, if the allegations made in the indictment are legitimate. The IRS should relentlessly pursue billionaires such as Brockman and Smith, making their tax compliance the priority over “average” Americans.

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