United States Of America et al v. Padua
ORDER GRANTING PETITION TO ENFORCE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE SUMMONSES AND ORDERING RESPONDENT TO COMPLY WITH SUMMONSES; VACATING MARCH 13, 2009 HEARING. Padua is ordered to appear before Revenue Officer Fukekila Merrida, or any designated agent, on A pril 10, 2009, at 9:00 a.m., at the Offices of the Internal Revenue Service, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94102, and then and there give testimony relating to the matters described in the summonses and produce for ins pection and copying the records described in the Service summonses. Failure to comply may be grounds for a finding of contempt. Signed by Judge Maxine M. Chesney on March 6, 2009. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B) (mmclc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/6/2009)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
United States District Court
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and FUKEKILA MERRIDA, Revenue Officer, Petitioners v. THEODORE PADUA, Respondent /
No. C-08-3714 MMC ORDER GRANTING PETITION TO ENFORCE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE SUMMONSES AND ORDERING RESPONDENT TO COMPLY WITH SUMMONSES; VACATING MARCH 13, 2009 HEARING
Before the Court is petitioners' Verified Petition to Enforce Internal Revenue Service Summonses, filed August 4, 2008.1 Respondent Theodore Padua ("Padua") has filed a response consisting of a copy of a letter Padua wrote to the Secretary of the Treasury, in which Padua asserts the instant action is a "legal fiction" and includes a demand that the instant action be "closed." Petitioners have filed a reply thereto. Having read and considered the papers filed in support of and in response to the petition, the Court deems the matter suitable for decision on said submissions, VACATES the hearing scheduled for March 13, 2009, and rules as follows. For the reasons stated by petitioners, the Court finds enforcement of the summonses attached to the petition as Exhibits A and B is proper. Further, for the reasons
The above-titled action was reassigned to the undersigned on January 23, 2009.
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stated by petitioners, the Court finds it unnecessary to conduct an evidentiary hearing on the matter, specifically, for the reason Padua has failed to offer any evidence in opposition to the petition, much less evidence to support a finding the summonses, or either of them, "were issued for an improper purpose." See Fortney v. United States, 59 F.3d 117, 121 (9th Cir. 1995) (holding party challenging issuance of Internal Revenue Service summons not entitled to evidentiary hearing where party failed to offer evidence to support finding IRS was not acting in good faith). Accordingly, the petition is hereby GRANTED, and Padua is hereby ORDERED to appear before Revenue Officer Fukekila Merrida, or any designated agent, on April 10, 2009, at 9:00 a.m., at the Offices of the Internal Revenue Service, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94102, and then and there give testimony relating to the matters described in the subject Internal Revenue Service summonses, copies of which are attached hereto as Exhibits A and B, and produce for the Revenue Officer's inspection and copying the records described in the attached Internal Revenue Service summonses. Failure to comply with the instant order may be grounds for a finding of contempt. See, e.g., United States v. Ayres, 166 F.3d 991, 994-96 (9th Cir. 1999) (affirming finding of contempt, where party failed to comply with court order directing him to provide testimony and produce records to IRS). IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: March 6, 2009
MAXINE M. CHESNEY United States District Judge
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