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6/21/96

DANCING CAN BE TAXING

Dancers at the Nest, Summit County's oldest nude juice bar, have drawn the attention of an unwanted admirer: Uncle Sam.

A spokesperson for the Internal Revenue Service office in Akron called the Beacon Journal after Monday's story about the dancers protesting the closing of their bar earlier this month by Norton police and the county prosecutor.

What caught the IRS's eye was the statement that the dancers could take in $1,000 or more in tips in a week.

"My concern is that a lot of these dancers do not file income tax returns," the IRS spokesperson said.

The IRS spokesman was disappointed when it was pointed out that the story did not quote any individual dancer claiming to make that much money.

They aren't that dumb.

-- DAVID KNOX


5/19/95

TRACKING FUNDS TO FERGUSON

ANALYSIS OF STARK FUND-RAISER SHOWS CONTRIBUTORS MOSTLY EMPLOYEES OF EX-AUDITOR

When a Franklin County grand jury charged former state Auditor Thomas Ferguson last month with putting the arm on his employees to cough up cash for his re-election campaigns, the indictment listed several ways he allegedly tried to hide the illegal practice.

One method was to launder the money by having county Democratic organizations sponsor fund-raisers. The checks would be made out to the party rather than Ferguson's campaign committee, which would report only the lump-sum transfer from the party.

The Stark County Democrats hosted one of the fund-raisers on Aug. 31, 1992, according to the indictment. The affair, held at a Canton-Akron Indians baseball game, took in $3,575 from 72 contributors.

Cross-checking the names of the donors with the personnel records of the state auditor's office shows why the grand jury smelled a fish: Two-thirds of the contributions -- totaling $2,165 -- came from Ferguson's employees.

-- DAVID KNOX

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