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Monday, December 19, 2005

Civil Disobedience Defense Fails for Gandhi Relative

From The Monterey (Calif.) Herald of Dec. 19, 2005:

Gandhi descendant gets prison term for hiding money from IRS

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. - A man who claims to be a distant descendant of Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi was sentenced to two years in prison for trying to hide hundreds of thousands of dollars from the federal government.

Yogesh K. Gandhi, 55, of Pleasant Hill, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Oakland after pleading guilty this summer to four counts of unlawfully structuring currency transactions.

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At the time [of his 1999 conviction for mail fraud and tax evasion], he ran the Gandhi International Memorial Foundation, which was named after Indian independence leader and pacifist icon Mohandas Gandhi, who he claimed was his great granduncle.

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