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Mogul’s Dementia Claim in Tax Case Spurs U.S. to Suspect Fakery

Dec. 22, 2020, 12:30 PM

Texas software mogul Robert T. Brockman has an unusual defense against charges that he used an arsenal of code names, untraceable phones and an “Evidence Eliminator” to sock away $2 billion in the largest tax-fraud case in U.S. history.

Lawyers for Brockman, 79, claim that even though he ran a multibillion-dollar software company until last month, he suffers from dementia so advanced that he’s unable to stand trial. Prosecutors warn that Brockman might be engineering an infirmity defense to avoid justice -- a position that recalls the hard line the U.S. took with Vincent “the Chin” Gigante -- the mafia ...