** Mayor Sam Exclusive: IRS $1.5 Million Dollar Tax Levy Against John and Lani Shallman
Shallman declined to be interviewed but provided correspondence from federal prosecutors identifying him as a victim. He also issued a statement discussing his experiences with Durkee, who worked with him on several campaigns.“With four kids and the demands of running a small business full time, it seemed like such a relief to have someone we thought we could trust handling all of our business affairs. Instead it turned into a nightmare,” he said.In 2010, a default notice was entered on Shallman’s Encino home, stating that he owed more than $333,000 on the property, records show. A notice of a trustee’s sale was rescinded last year. By January, state and federal officials had filed liens stating that Shallman had $1.5 million in unpaid taxes.
....... and there is this inconvenient past campaign issue for Shallman and Mayoral Candidate Wendy Greuel.
The (Shallman) financial troubles could put him in an awkward spot. In 2002, 2003, and 2009, his clients used tax liens as a cudgel to attack their opponents. The most recent example was Greuel’s successful 2009 race for city controller, which portrayed opponent Nick Patsaouras as a tax scofflaw.In a 30-second television spot released in the final weeks of the campaign, the cartoonlike ad showed tax bills flying out of a mailbox and past Patsaouras’ face and into a trash can. “Nick Patsaouras for city controller? Try out of control,” the voiceover said. (** If this was Shallman, instead of Patsouras, then the tax bills would be flying out of the "landfill of political hypocrisy").