Tech Mogul’s Secrecy Crumbles in IRS Chase of ‘Record’ Trove

(Bloomberg) — Robert T. Brockman was just putting the finishing touches on a new private equity fund when worrisome news arrived. Law enforcement agents had raided the home of a tax lawyer in Texas who had worked for him.



a view of a city street: The flag of Bermuda flies in the city of Hamilton, Bermuda.


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The flag of Bermuda flies in the city of Hamilton, Bermuda.

A Houston businessman who had made his fortune selling software to auto dealers, Brockman grew nervous, according to an account filed in Bermudian court. Could the Internal Revenue Service be delving into his taxes and business interests?

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Using an app called Silent Phone that makes calls untraceable, he spoke with an adviser in Bermuda about whether the Houston lawyer might ultimately reveal Brockman’s links to offshore trusts and spur an investigation, according to the filing.

The gravity of the matter became apparent two weeks after the August 2018 raid. That’s when IRS agents

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