Joseph Saladino


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Theories Advocated/Promoted

Saladino has relied mainly on the "corporation sole" and "claim of right" claims in his tax scams and court appearances.

Books, Web Sites, Videos, and Organizations

Saladino sold his tax evasion programs through a multi-level marketing organization called the "Freedom and Privacy Committee."

Court Actions

Saladino attempted to sue for refunds of taxes in his own name, but on behalf of others, through the Federal Court of Claims, which rejected his suits. See, e.g., Saladino v. United States, 62 Fed. Cl. 782, 792 (2004). The Court of Claims eventually sanctioned him for continuing to bring frivolous claims, and barred him from filing additional claims for 10 years. Joseph O. Saladino v. United States, 63 Fed. Cl. 754, 2005 TNT 18-16, Nos. 03-2871T & 04-1367T (Ct.Cl. 1/14/2005).

Saladino was permanently enjoined from promoting his tax schemes in United States v. Joseph O. Saladino, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38080, 2005 TNT 19-12, No. CV04-2100-FMC (C.D. Cal. 1/25/2005), aff'd, 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 7881, 2006 TNT 62-11, No. 05-55226 (9th Cir. 3/29/2006).

On November 23, 2009, Saladino was convicted of conspiring to defraud the United States. United States v. Joseph Oquendo Saladino et al., No. 3:07-cr-00535-BR-1 (U.S.D.C. Or. 11/23/2009). On July 28, 2010, he was sentenced to five years in prison, the statutory maximum. He was federal inmate # 12733-023, and was released from prison on February 5, 2015.


A customer of Saladino's was himself later enjoined for promoting the same "corporation sole" scam. United States v. William J. Kennedy et al., 2007 TNT 27-14, No. 03:06-cv-5383 (N.D. Cal. 2/2/2007).

In the criminal trial, Saladino's co-defendants were Marcel R. Bendshadler and Michael S. Mungovan, and Mungovan was sentenced to 48 months. Bendshadler served his time as inmate # 70873-065 and was released from prison on December 30, 2011. A fourth defendant, Richard Ortt, was acquitted. Mungovan served his time as inmate # 72513-083 at the Federal Correctional Institution Gilmer at Glenville, West Virginia, and was released on October 21, 2013.

A fifth defendant, Richard A. Fuselier, had pleaded guilty in September 2008 and cooperated with authorities. He received a lesser sentence of 21 months in prison and served his time as inmate # 13899-035. He was released on April 6, 2012.

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