LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Tonight, local officials with ACORN are defending against what they consider an attack against the integrity of their organization. That's the recent release of under cover videos suggesting evidence of tax fraud by ACORN employees, some of whom were fired.
Congressman Charles Boustany is calling for congressional hearings to investigate. Undercover video shot by a film maker and associate posing as a pimp and a prostitute shows ACORN officials allegedly offering advice in how to evade the IRS. Says the ACORN employee in the video, "Honesty is not going to get you the house."
Boustany called for a hearing to investigate ACORN's tax filing assistance programs following evidence of suggested tax fraud. As the ranking republican on the oversight subcommittee where we deal with tax policy and IRS operations I just want to make sure that we're covering all bases and protecting the U.S. taxpayer, this whole process.
And there are moves to block future federal funding for the association. ACORN is the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now and State President Lanny Roy of Lake Charles defends their integrity." We will take them to court. Because we're tired, we're fighting, we're tired of all these lies. They are completely lying on ACORN. That's what they're doing. They're lying to promote their own self interest agenda."
Roy says their mission is to achieve justice and that they are not corrupt. "ACORN will not tolerate ever any type of conspiracy or corruption or any, any aspect of illegal activities." And Roy says the video has been doctored to make ACORN look bad. "We terminated the staff there, but the staff told us that the questions they were asking them was not what they showed."
Boustany says the fact finding investigation is in the best interest of taxpayers and ACORN. "I think it's an opportunity for ACORN to clear its reputation. Let's get the facts out on the table. That's the most important thing. It's up to the oversight subcommittee chairman whether to schedule hearings into the allegations."
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