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S J Dentist Sentenced For Tax Fraud

A San Jose dentist is on the way to eight years in a federal prison for fraud, tax evasion, and obstruction of justice. Donald Ernest Wishart was convicted in federal court in San Jose of seven felonies back in February. Wishart had been using bogus financial instruments known as “Comptroller Warrants” from a Montana militia group to pay more than $2 million in debts. That included $1.3 million he owed the IRS. Testimony indicated Wishart traveled to north-central Montana for a seminar by the Montana Freemen in 1995. At the seminar, he bought the warrants for about $100. He tried to use the warrants to pay off Bay View Federal Bank for his foreclosed mortgage and to pay the IRS. Wishart was indicted by a federal grand jury in July 2000. In addition to the prison sentence, Wishart was ordered to pay more than $875,000.00 in restitution.