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Wednesday, July 19, 2006 08:11 am

Wronged Again

Frazier blames city for IRS audit

After paying former Springfield Police officer Renatta Frazier some $650,000 to settle her race-discrimination suit, city officials undoubtedly hoped to put the whole unpleasant scandal in the rearview mirror. Frazier had the same hope, according to a letter she sent this week to Springfield Office of Budget and Management director Ken Crutcher.

However, her letter accuses Crutcher of issuing the wrong tax form on her settlement award, resulting in an Internal Revenue Service audit and other unpleasantries.

“[T]he City, by its actions, has again wronged me and caused further damage, trauma, and emotional distress to me,” Frazier wrote.

The settlement amount, she says, was incorrectly reported on a form 1099-MISC, causing the IRS to consider the amount as taxable income. Frazier wants the city to issue a “corrected” form by July 28.

“The trauma of an audit has caused me severe and immense stress and anguish, not to mention the fact that it has made me have to relive the awful actions I endured from the City’s original wrongful actions,” Frazier wrote.

Frazier was a rookie cop when she was accused of mishandling a 911 call in October 2001, resulting in the rape of another officer’s daughter. As the local media reported this accusation repeatedly over the next year, Frazier resigned from the police department and moved her family out of state. An October 2002 investigation by Illinois Times revealed that the rape had taken place before the victim dialed 911.

Frazier says she sent the letter to Crutcher by certified mail on Monday. Crutcher says he’ll have an accountant and the city’s legal department research the issues raised by Frazier.

“If we find that any action taken was not appropriate, we’ll correct it,” Crutcher says.

Frazier says she wrote the letter on the advice of a tax attorney in Atlanta, where she and her family now live.

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