This is the story of David
Starkey, one of Global Prosperity's "Faithful" as
he tells it in his own words. Read and heed.
"Hello everyone. Let me introduce myself. My name
is David Starkey. I am 40 years old and a father of 3 children
and a believer in the American Dream. Well, recently my
world got turned upside down on September 5, 2000. That
is the day I was sentenced to 8 months in federal prison
for failing to file a proper income tax return.
Like most people, I was all for making money and saving
as much on my taxes as the other guy, until January, 1997.
This is when I was introduced to G.P.G., Global Prosperity
Group, now known as I.G.P., Institute for Global Prosperity.
At the time I was looking for something to make money at
and I knew that working 9-5 would not get me rich. In January,
1997, I was taken to a conference call to a presentation
of an organization called G.P.G., now I.G.P., and listened
to how you could make thousands of dollars and NOT have
to pay any income tax on that money. I was amazed and excited
and thought I had found my pot of gold! I sent my $1250.00
by way of a cashiers check to the person who brought me
in, called a director.
I immediately started listening to every training call
and followed everything she told me to do. I ordered leads
and made a sale my very first day and my second sale a few
days later. I was so excited because I saw this working
and then the next sale went to me and out of $1250.00, I
made $1000.00 profit. You couldnt believe how happy
I was to see something working and I was actually making
money! Well. As the story goes on, I kept making sales and
then I was introduced to the co-founder of Global, Dave
Dave said if I stepped up to Global II, he would work
with me personally. I did and I was qualified (having 7
sales under me) my second month.
I was looking forward to going to the offshore seminar
and hearing about all of the investments and meeting all
the people I had been working with. When I got to the seminar,
I saw so many positive people that were making money and
not having to pay taxes on it. There were different speakers
but the main guy was Keith Anderson (now a federal fugitive)
and he explained how a person could set up trust and other
methods to hide money from the I.R.S.
Of course, I followed Dave Struckmans and Keith
Andersons advise and set everything up like they said.
The investments looked great but I was a newbie and used
most of my money to get to the seminar. It was a little
scary to hear this information about taxes and the I.R.S.
but I believed them.
I went back and kept selling the product and by May,
1997, I sent $10000.00 in for a down payment on my Global
3 ticket, which cost $18750.00. It was supposed to be the
mother of all investments, where we would get exclusive
programs just for Global members.
Well, moving right along, I kept marketing and working
with Dave Struckman. I considered myself pretty close to
Dave and we would go out to eat and dancing with some of
the other top leaders. It was quite an honor to be one of
the first people to step up to Global 3 and things were
A while later I kept hearing rumors about cease and
desist orders but Dave Struckman, Dan Anderson and Zo Lamatius
said that they were not a company and they just didnt
respond to it. That bothered me but I bought the explanation.
Then came more problems with different states with the same
thing and those states said that we couldnt sell Global
any more and some were saying the fine would be $25000.00
per occurrence. Struckman, Anderson and Lamatius took action
and changed the name to I.G.P. and came out with new tapes
and got into a big fight with Keith Anderson.
Keith left and started doing his own thing but then
new people came in and they said the trusts Keith had set
up were no good and we would need something new. By changing
the name, they bypassed all those cease and desist orders
but the bad publicity was already out. I kept marketing
the product but would run into people who had seen this
on the net, so I was losing sales. More seminars came and
went and all this time I wasnt filing income tax and
was worrying that I needed to get things straightened out.
About that time, Global/I.G.P. brought in Bill Benson
(a very nice man and friend). He had a series of books and
information that said the 16th Amendment was not ratified.
Struckman said that you must have this information because
it explains how you dont have to file or pay taxes.
Again, I bought in and after a couple of Trusts and now
this method, it was getting expensive but to keep from paying
taxes legally, I felt it was worth it. Then came along Judge
Rizzo and the title sounds impressive but when you check
him out, he was just a city judge handling traffic court
and such. Well, he modified Bills system, he said,
and made it better.
Now for the BIG news. I was contacted by the I.R.S.
and they knew I hadnt filed in some time and that
I was in Global. I didnt talk to them and I went and
hired an attorney that used to work as a prosecutor in the
U.S. Attorneys office. It is not a good feeling having the
I.R.S. come after you as a tax protestor and I was scrambling
for what to do next. I tried to explain to my attorney how,
through Trusts and the information I had been given, that
I didnt have to pay income tax. He we really unsure
of this but he was open minded to listen to the people who
had sold me all of this tax stuff.
I called Dave Struckman and told him I was under investigation
by the I.R.S. for not paying or filing taxes and wanted
help on what to do. You see, I am the first Director in
Global that had been charged by the I.R.S. and Dave wanted
to fight this and prove his material would hold up in court.
Dave even helped with the attorney bill, or I should say
his Trust paid $15000.00 to the cause. We started getting
all the details and talking to the experts, like Judge Rizzo,
and having all of this explained to my attorney.
Well, we finally called the attorney that represented
Bill Benson and he put out all my hopes. Now this guy was
the biggest fighter for the 16th Amendment argument and
we were planning to hire him as a second attorney since
he was an expert with this 16th Amendment stuff. I was ready
for a fight and knew that if charged with tax evasion, I
could be looking at over 20 years in prison. This guy burst
my bubble and told me he would LOVE to fight it but it CANNOT
be argued in court again. It is what they call beyond
review which means the 16th Amendment defense is out
the door and I mean gone for good! Its a way that
the higher courts locked the discussion up where no one
could use it again. I had no defense and I was in deep trouble.
I told Judge Rizzo, Bill Benson and Dave Struckman that
this defense was useless and that every Trust and 16th Amendment
was going to get everyone thrown in prison. Well, after
that, Dave Struckman quit taking my phone calls and I was
on my own. Its tough to market something that youre
getting prosecuted for and then the big news: I was kicked
out of Global! They came up with some lame excuse, but I
Now keep in mind, I had been one of the first 600 people
to start with good old Dave, Dan and Zo back in 1997.
Things were heating up with the I.R.S. and I didnt
want to go to prison so we brought in another attorney but
he didnt do me any good. The thought of going away
to prison and being locked up like an animal was scaring
the hell out of me but my attorney cut a deal. If I would
plead guilty to only one count of failing to file a tax
return, I would be charged with a misdemeanor and wouldnt
have to do over a year in federal prison. It was a terrible
decision to make but I couldnt do the 20 year thing
for tax evasion if I was to fight them and lose. I took
their deal and my life changed forever knowing that me,
David Starkey, with NO prior convictions, would have to
do time in a federal prison because I believed David Struckman
and the whole gang selling the tax scam stuff.
Everyone going to prison has to have a pre-sentence
investigation where the probation office looks at your background
for the Judge to sentence you by. They slammed me so hard
on Global, Dave Struckman, Dan Anderson and Zo Lamitus,
and labeled me a tax protestor. They told about the cease
and desist orders and how we set up Trusts to keep from
paying income tax. It was awful and I knew I was going to
make the Judge mad with this information but there was nothing
I could do and Global had pushed me aside because I was
a liability and it would shut Global down if this got out
that one of the top people got sent to prison for using
My day in court came and my Mom and Dad were there and
the Judge had made up his mind and sentenced me to 8 months
in prison. My Mom busted out crying and fainted on the bench.
It was then it hit me that I was going to go to prison for
believing Global and their so called system. I really felt
so bad for what I had put my family through and what would
I tell my kids, 6,14 and 17, about why daddy had to go away.
You think of many things when reality sets in and I love
my children dearly but daddy had to go to prison.
My parents drove me to El Reno Federal Prison at 12:00
on September 5, 2000. We pulled to the security box and
told them I was there to self report and the guard yelled
Get out of the car and walk the line. It scared
me half to death and I dont scare easily. I got out
and said goodbye and not to worry. I turned and walked by
this huge, double fence with razor wire and went to the
iron gate and pushed the button. The guard came out and
walked me in with the gate slamming closed behind me. They
asked me who I was and why I was here and I told them a
misdemeanor failure to file a tax return and the guard looked
at me and said Boy, you must have pissed some people
I was then told to strip and stand by an inspection
wall where I was strip searched for weapons and drugs and
then I was booked in. I was in with murderers and drug dealers
that had 25 years sentences and more and boy, did I stand
out. They say you dont know what you have till its
gone and when your freedom and family are taken from you
and you become an inmate with just a number, well, you really
reflect on things.
I would wish this on no one but on May 3, 2001, I walked
out a free man. You just dont know what is was like
just to get some decent food at McDonalds but I chowed down
and let me tell you, it was great just to be free again!
Did I learn my lesson? Yes, I did and I am catching up on
all my taxes with the assistance of the I.R.S. and my attorney.
You see, I didnt get out of paying and look what it
caused. I am here to say anyone who is in Global Prosperity,
now I.G.P., needs to quit and get their taxes filed before
this happens to them.
You know, Global/I.G.P. is still selling that 16th amendment
course with Struckman getting 50% of all the profit from
city Judge Rizzo and the rest of the people setting up Trusts,
structures and whatever they come up with next. I am sure
they will try to smear this in someway like he didnt
do it right or we have changed this now
but dont buy it! They are making millions and while
I was in prison and my family was suffering, good old I.G.P.
turned its back on me and hung me out to dry.
Global Prosperity might try to smear me personally but
if I can keep one person from going what I went through
then its worth coming forward and telling the truth
about Global/I.G.P. and the scam theyre selling. I
am not one of those people that bought the course and couldnt
sell it and everything was great until I heard from the
I.R.S, IT JUST DOES NOT WORK.
So many people have lost their life savings believing
Dave Struckman and the Global gang. There have been two
investment managers of Global that have run off with money
and people losing millions with their hopes of making this
high percent of return on their savings. One of the other
funds was even closed in the Bahamas for misuse of funds.
I even have an $18750.00 Global 3 ticket and a Global 2
ticket that I am stuck with.
I know I am doing the right thing and I am going to
explore every avenue with my attorney in Federal Court against
Global/I.G.P. so we will see what happens. My final word
is if youre in I.G.P., then get the hell out and file
your taxes. If youre looking at this as an opportunity,
then run as fast as you can and never look back. It is not
worth going to federal prison over."
Further information regarding our investigation the Institute
of Global Prosperity will soon be published on the Case